thread of rapturous appreciation for Alabaster DePlume

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As praised on the rolling jazz and International Anthem threads, this album is incredibly moving and gorgeous, and I would recommend it to anyone really (i.e., no need to be a "jazz" fan if that's an obstacle): https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/to-cy-lee-instrumentals-vol-1

The PR description on bandcamp is actually quite apt:

DePlume is a Manchester-born, London-based bandleader, composer, saxophonist, activist and orator. He’s a resident at the legendary London creative hub Total Refreshment Centre, a recording artist for the off-grid, Scottish Hebridean island label Lost Map, and now the latest arrival into Chicago-based International Anthem’s growing family of progressive musical explorationists. Whilst much of his music contains vocals – often whispered imperatives – this is a collection of instrumentals, drenched in feeling and recorded over four albums and eight earth years in cities across the UK.

The music of "To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1" contains naturally elegant orchestration wrapped around something visceral and primordial. Swirled inside the 11 pieces are shades of Japanese Min’yo folk, Celtic folk, the Ethio-jazz of saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and hints of the pan-human ‘ancient music’ that sat underneath Arthur Russell’s melodies on First Thought, Best Thought. The music is filled with space, inspired, he says, by computer games and Japanese animation, particularly Joe Hisaishi’s soundtrack for Studio Ghibli’s Castle In The Sky.

rob, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:00 (one year ago) link

I'm curious if anyone is familiar with his non-instrumental work?

rob, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:03 (one year ago) link

Been listening to this a bunch, it even passed the Sunday morning test with my partner who generally does not enjoy saxophones

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:05 (one year ago) link

Really loving this. Thank you.

cooldix, Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:43 (one year ago) link

joining in to note that this is an amazing album and very necessary to me just now.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:21 (one year ago) link

yeah this album has really helped me over the last week - just feels like an extraordinarily generous and warm album my aoty so far

Mordy, Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:59 (one year ago) link

it's really lovely and has taken the groupchat by storm

ogmor, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:01 (one year ago) link

I'm curious if anyone is familiar with his non-instrumental work?

Saw him at a London Jazz scene thing at the Barbican and the vocals felt a bit shticky? Very different from this gorgeous instrumental record.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 20 March 2020 09:08 (one year ago) link

Visit Croatia is such an unbelievable thing. I can literally feel it in my back every time I put it on. Everything is impacted in my body by those sounds. I don't get it.

Frederik B, Friday, 20 March 2020 10:21 (one year ago) link

just had my mind blown when a friend pointed out that I went canvassing with alabaster deplume a few months ago without me knowing who he was. he's the most high energy board runner I have yet encountered

ogmor, Friday, 20 March 2020 12:15 (one year ago) link

ha that's amazing! I have been listening to this every day like a ritual

rob, Friday, 20 March 2020 21:42 (one year ago) link

Bought the album today on Bandcamp day but couldn't dl so far.

Sund4r, Friday, 20 March 2020 22:32 (one year ago) link

This is sooooo goood.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 23 March 2020 09:48 (one year ago) link

Love this album!

Tim F, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:50 (one year ago) link

Got my vinyl copy in the mail yesterday! Essential quarantine listening.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:42 (one year ago) link

"the lucky ones" so peaceful reminds me of walking around the japanese botanical garden in better times and sitting at the koi pond.

Mordy, Sunday, 29 March 2020 17:35 (one year ago) link

this continues to be necessary

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 29 March 2020 19:38 (one year ago) link

cannot wait to have whisky story time with some friends

rob, Sunday, 29 March 2020 22:37 (one year ago) link

This album is so elegant and then there are moments that define “swooning,” it’s astonishing

rob, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:10 (one year ago) link

it's a very beautiful album alright. Any of you lot catch Oneness by his fellow Mancunian traveller Matthew Halsall last year? That's another good one. More like predictably conventional spiritual jazzzzz in it's individual ingredients but still niiice!!

calzino, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:45 (one year ago) link

I love pretty much everything on this label, but this one has a certain ineffable something that sets it apart. It' a really unique record, and I always fall short when I try to describe it. Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings is still my favorite release on IA (truth be told it's become one of my favorite jazz records of the past ten years), but this LP seems to be appealing to a broader group of people. Then again, I may be just basing that assumption on the seemingly unanimous ILM consensus.

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 3 April 2020 00:26 (one year ago) link

this album is hitting the spot for me today

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 11 April 2020 18:59 (one year ago) link

ooh Oneness is quite exquisite, thank you calzino

dip to dup (rob), Sunday, 12 April 2020 13:25 (one year ago) link

this thread may win the award for "shortest thread with the most superlatives"

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 12 April 2020 16:27 (one year ago) link

I've certainly never named a thread so aptly!

dip to dup (rob), Sunday, 12 April 2020 16:33 (one year ago) link

just listening today, and yes, it is loooooovely. very good sunday morning music, as Jordan mentioned upthread

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Sunday, 12 April 2020 17:14 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

this was a slow burner (and couldn't be much different than cy and lee) but it's grown on me a lot with repeat listens.
Soccer 96 is the two guys from Comet is Coming who aren't Shabaka Hutchings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hExtBucXznc

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 12 June 2020 17:37 (one year ago) link

People that like Alabaster DePlume might like the latest album by Paddy Steer, who I think produced and played on Cy and Lee. It's weirdo processed electronic western slide guitar, but similarly meditative.

http://paddysteer.bandcamp.com/

Night of the Living Crustheads (PBKR), Saturday, 13 June 2020 14:43 (one year ago) link

thanks for that; this is outstanding!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 13 June 2020 16:19 (one year ago) link

what a weird coincidence - the Alabaster record has been bouncing among my friend circle since i discovered it on a random bandcamp browse (of IA). one of those sudden raptures - i was a bit worried when i found he was a dinky kinda white british devendra dude, but this one record is really so good.

sean gramophone, Saturday, 13 June 2020 16:20 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijZbNyVvTmY

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 18:29 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Soccer96 EP is making me like his non-instrumental side more

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx1YUDVdly8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVCW6fKJsQE

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 21:56 (one year ago) link

wait is deplume the vocalist?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:22 (one year ago) link

I believe Cy & Lee are instrumental versions/edits of some of his work that originally had vocals.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:31 (one year ago) link

So possibly.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:32 (one year ago) link

Yep he is

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:40 (one year ago) link

oh wow, that is NOT the voice i thought of when listening to cy and lee!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:59 (one year ago) link

Haha, yeah, not what I was expecting this to sound like either.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 23:38 (one year ago) link

I finally got around to listening to Tactics, and it's pretty thrilling, definitely the perfect time to revive Mark Stewart/James Chance style hectoring punk disco (which doesn't entirely capture what they're doing, but it's my immediate point of reference). Also handy to have sean's very FPable "dinky kinda white british devendra dude" descriptor so thoroughly refuted

rob, Sunday, 12 July 2020 14:43 (one year ago) link

Listening to Tactics now and it is a lot of fun.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Sunday, 12 July 2020 17:44 (one year ago) link

New three song "Visit Croatia" EP with two new songs in the spirit of Cy & Lee
https://open.spotify.com/album/11t6XyMZKJ3riOPFmel6bC

Don't know if these are outtakes or a soon-to-be released follow-up, here for it either way

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 July 2020 18:50 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Lovely new track, only available for 24 hours (it's very Cy and Lee adjacent): https://alabasterdeplume.bandcamp.com/track/bean-instrumental-available-for-24hrs-only

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 5 March 2021 14:06 (ten months ago) link

that is nice, thank you!

rob, Friday, 5 March 2021 14:20 (ten months ago) link

it is very nice, and i'm enjoying it

is this the new model for the future? 24 hour windows of online availability? i'm being facetious, just because Laurie Anderson had an AMAZING lecture/performance the other day that streamed for 24 hours.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 5 March 2021 17:25 (ten months ago) link

There was also that Phoebe Bridgers / Maggie Rogers Goo Goo Doll charity cover that was only 24 hours too.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 5 March 2021 17:32 (ten months ago) link

I see it mostly with bootlegs/edits where people don't want to have to worry about needing to take them down eventually anyway

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 March 2021 17:37 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

A friend sent me a link to the new Andrew Wasylyk track, Dreamt In The Current Of Leafless Winter (Featuring Alabaster DePlume), which is really lovely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTjlhPMn-7g

Bullet Boys 2022 Complete "Freakshow" album live! (PBKR), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 14:50 (one week ago) link

nice, thanks for the head's up. as usual, i accidentally started playing the song both in my ilx tab and a separate youtube tab, and it took me 2 minutes to notice, ha!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 16:00 (one week ago) link

oh i like him too!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 16:12 (one week ago) link


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