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We're back with the first of a few new names on the roster: Shiggajon. Sela is a full length LP of droned out commune vibes - read the full description below or just head over to snag the LP

New albums limited to 500 copies

UPDATE:

Just a quick note to send out some bad news - due to the current extended delivery time on vinyl, we have to push Shiggajon: Sela into an August release - we thought we had calculated the extended pressing time in the wake of Record Store Day, when delivering the masters and artwork way back in March (!) - making this a whopping 5 months in the printer's delivery pipeline. We'll think of something extra for your patience if you preordered the LP.

It also means that we wont be announcing the 2 new releases we've just sent off for printing any time soon, because, heck, who knows if they'll even get printed this year.

Here are some insights into the current climate of vinyl pressing:

http://www.factmag.com/2015/05/07/pressed-to-the-edge-vinyl/

Ok, we're off - trying to finish all the basic tracks for the new Causa Sui record within the next few weeks! Have a nice summer!

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

We're back with the first of a few new names on the roster: Shiggajon. Sela is a full length LP of droned out commune vibes - read the full description below or just head over to snag the LP here:

http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/shiggajon-sela
Limited to 500, incl. download codes, plus a special A4 print by Shiggajon's Nikolai Brix Vartenberg.

Also we've redone our website from scratch - it's a total revamp so all user profiles are deleted, so you need to make new ones when ordering again. Only thing we brought from the old site is this mailing-list as well as the LP coupon codes. The coupon codes are much easier to redeem now, and we're gonna add FLAC when time permits us to rip the catalogue so you can use your LP vouchers for those as well. Tasty. Other than that, kick ass design, full mobile / responsive / retina support and all that stuff. Just a few small basic things left - like somehow make this newsletter sexier than this weird 1996-style plain text email...

In other news Jonas Munk: Absorb / Fabric / Cascade is down to the last box: http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/jonas-munk-absorb-fabric-cascade

Full info on Shiggajon: Sela

The latest addition to El Paraiso Records growing catalog of Impetus series releases, Shiggajon, is a Danish collective based around musicians Mikkel Reher-Lanberg and Nikolai Brix Vartenberg. Much like the music itself the collective is in constant flux, sometimes performing in the form of a small ensemble, other times appearing on stage with as many as 15 persons, depending on the situation.

It's tempting to categorize Shiggajon as a spiritual jazz ensemble, since their music is able to induce a heightened, spiritual euphoria much similar to that of Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry or Alice Coltrane. But any narrow definition of their sound would be misleading. While there's an element of ritualism present, there's also a post-modern tendency to absorb everything from sufi music to krautrock and contemporary electronic drone. Heavily modulated guitar pedals and processed vocals accompany layers of flutes, strings, bells and percussion as the most natural thing in the world.

It's the kind of music that demands openness and surrender. Every time the ensemble performs improvisation is fundamental - it’s a journey into the unknown. As in John Coltrane's later works, Shiggajon establishes a unity between spirituality and improvisation - they embrace the paradox of seeking elevation and existential affirmation through sounds that occasionally verges on chaos and dread. These two long, multi-layered, cacophonous pieces occasionally come off as slightly abrasive and dissonant, but ultimately the music is a process resulting in joyful catharsis and healing.

Past praise for Shiggajon:

There is something creepy and arcane about the musicianship that unnerves and delights, in a way one might find in the practices of the occult. The result is a sensuous celebration of uncanny and archaic arts. -Foxy Digitalis

...music made with an emphasis on the communal experience and an urge towards the ecstatic, filtered through a post-Noise instinct for volume and white-out drones. Shiggajon's previous live tapes and CD-Rs made room for more overtly psychedelic electronic, but their debut on vinyl sticks closer to the methods of 1960s free jazz, John Coltrane's Ascension sessions being the obvious template for the flatlining cacophony of the set's more intensely sustained moments. Yet you wouldn't really call this free jazz, any more than you would suggest the Danes are trying to communicate the same feverishe, Southern Baptist Christian-inspired devotions that gripped Coltrane....Which isn't to say that this is a hollow forgery. Spiritual significance resides in the ear of the beholder. Ragged energy can plunge any soul that's ready into the light. If Shiggajon's joyous noise gets you there, why fight the feeling? -The Wire

This is dense/primitive polyphony in the style of the early Globe Unity Orchestra/FMP sides married to a contemporary free folk attack. The music moves from great accumulative waves of strings and throats and epic percussion through incredible sustained single note levitations...with the whole group straining upwards while gargling white light.-Volcanic Tongue

Emil Rothenborg, violin and double bass.

Martin Aagaard Jensen, drum-kit.

Mikkel Elzer, drums, percussion, and electric guitar.

Mikkel Reher-Langberg, drums, percussion, and clarinet.

Nikolai Brix Vartenberg, saxophone.

Sarah Lorraine Hepburn, vocals, silver flute, electronics and tingshaws

http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/shiggajon-sela
Limited to 500, incl. download codes, plus a special A4 print by Shiggajon's Nikolai Brix Vartenberg.