Montag, 20. Dezember 2010

Status Quo

EBP´s midi-maniac and 2nd guitarist Andrew is off for two months in India. In the meantime the others are operating at full stretch on EBP´s first LP “Second Painting” – due some time in 2011. Merry christmas and a happy new year (in case you care). We´ll keep you updated!

Dienstag, 30. November 2010

Hail to Holden / Jan´s Review of James Holden´s DJ-Kicks

I don´t know why I suddenly felt compelled to write a review about James Holden´s Dj-Kicks but it might have something to do with the fact that I saw him play the most outrageous DJ-set I´ve ever seen at Berghain in Berlin just a few days ago and that ever since I´ve been listening to this record on loop.

It starts off slowly and serious with a kind of avantgardesque typewriting-ish song called “Wintersport” by Piano Magic as an intro before “Disco” by Grackle let´s loose the ghost of the mix which will take you through amazing acoustic sensations throughout the whole record. “Olde Wobbly” by Mordant Music sounds like the music that massive soundsystems (like the infamous Berghain-PA) should be playing all time and all night and “No more Sages” by Maserati is a perfect follow up to it, while “Lemon Yoghurt” by Caribou turns into a safe (click-click-clicking) tunnel that leads you to a lake upon which the sun is setting: Luke Abbot´s “Soft Attack”. What follows is THE contemporary Holden-epos: the 10mins remix of Mogwai´s “The sun smells too loud”, which shows us Holden´s new perspective on club-music with its drum-wads and undefinable psychedelic sounds which sum up to a modern shamanic symphony. Here is where you hear how much of a nerd James Holden is – the word nerd in its most positive meaning that is. After this trip we´re all released into the seemingly more structured “Departure” by Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, which is like a cold but not unpleasant wet towel on our dreamy faces. Before you light your next cigarette “Punkte” by Ursula Bogner comes in like a challenging but warm the-day-after-feeling. You can picture yourself getting up and starting the day and facing all of yesterday´s consequences but then “Auto Dimmer” by Eric Copeland starts and kind of reminds you of something you will not regret by sticking around for a little bit longer. And at the blink of an eyelid you´re caught in the polydimensional Luke Abbott-remix of “Rauch” by MIT. The hypnotic power it emits makes you feel like you understand now what synthesizers are made for. ARP´s “Potentialities” is one more perfect example for Holden´s excellent taste in music and his A-level mixing skills – what a massage for eardrums! You don´t even realize that a new song has been mixed in and suddenly you only hear Lucky Dragon´s “Open Melody” and you wake up stranded on a different shore and still drugged with sleep from the hypnosis you went through. Now Holden plays “Triangle Folds”, the only song composed by himself in the whole mix – an acoustical beauty! You are drawn into an atmosphere where sounds fly around you like colorful birds on an undiscovered island. “Defintion” by James Ruskin takes you up on a plateau and like in a computer game you have the feeling like the next level is reached in a minute. And there we go: “Flight of Jupiter” takes you to in the middle of a techno club, which sounds more 80´s than the 80´s themselves, and you feel like dancing and turning up the volume. You might start to miss the trippiness from a little earlier but before you can think of anything else you would want to listen to everything dissolves into the beautiful and poppy “Gaberdine” by Walls and you think to yourself – that´s it! Vocal samples are mixed in gently and before the poppyness gets too cheesy you´re put on hold(en) with a vocal mix of “Never Fail” by Lukas Nystrand. It´s like a rising waiting loop you lose yourself in and suddenly you don´t remember how it started. The last mind-blowing highlite on James Holden´s DJ-Kicks is “Arwen, Namarie” by Didier Paquette. It´s a moment to drop a tear and go inside and feel thankful for what´s there in a true, honest, warm and loving way without bearing a grudge against nothing. The journey ends with “Catacomb City” by SS Pyramid Snake and the ghost seems to tell us “Stay aware… and take care. To each thing there´s an opposite and to each story there´s an end.”

James Holden is one of the most outstanding musicians these days, and his influence on music to come is greater than many might give him credit for. His label “border community” is a conglomeration of advanced electronic music releases (to name but a few artists: Nathan Fake, Extrawelt, Petter, Luke Abbott) and its success speaks for itself. It follows its own ideas and managed to become well-known for its compelling unique sound and therefore is not comparable to any other label.
- Jan Fabritius

"Little Girl" on ByteFM

Check out ByteFM today at 1pm (CET) and listen to the first radio broadcast of “Little Girl”. Click here to listen to the song – and follow us on SoundCloud!

Sonntag, 14. November 2010

“Der Digitale Flaneur” on EBP

If you know German you should go and visit the great blog Der Digitale Flaneur and check out its opinion on Evol Bum Pearl.

Dienstag, 2. November 2010

EBP live @ Antje Øklesund

Watch parts of EBP´s show at Antje Oklesund (26th of october) by clicking here. May this be an appetizer:

Freitag, 15. Oktober 2010

Live: Little Girl

This video was recorded by Mathilde Podowski during Evol Bum Pearl´s first appearance in a new formation on July 17th: Jan Fabritius (vocals, guitar), Stephan Maier (bass, synths), Andrew Cook (synths, guitar) and Adriano Rossi (drums).

Montag, 20. September 2010

first, best & worst REVIEW (by Simon Godart)

>>Auf den ersten Blick und auf das erste Hören hin denkt man, bei dem Tonträger „First best & worst“ von Evol Bum Pearl handle es sich um ein Gemisch. Der Namensschriftszug in Erpressermanier, der kaum lesbar den Künstler vertritt, schnipselt sich aus Tageszeitungen, Modemagazinen und Fanzines zusammen. Das Cover scheint in den Händen zu verlaufen, grelle reine Farben treffen grelle reine Farben, um in einander zu fließen und sich selbst aufzulösen, um einer neuen Farbe Raum zu lassen. Die Lieder scheinen schon bekannt zu sein, ohne dass man sicher zu sagen wüßte, woher, und vieles scheint seltsam vertraut.
Bei populärer Musik ist es von entscheidender Bedeutung, wo man sich bedient, wen man als Basis nimmt. Dabei spielt es keine Rolle, ob man als Hörer bei Sound und Songstruktur unmittelbar an The Beatles, The Notwist oder eben Pavement erinnert wird („…never even wanted to ever sound like Pavement..“Harmless). Nicht die großen Namen sind, worum es geht, sondern die Richtung, die sie vorgeben. Auch wenn diese Verweise mir unvermeidlich in den Sinn kommen – sie sind nur ein Gerüst. Evol Bum Pearl sind Pop, der weiß, wo er herkommt, ohne sich dahin zurück zu bewegen und im Zusammenfluss verloren zu gehen. Die aufwendige und abwechslungsreiche Instrumentierung, die Bandbreite an Ideen und Konzepten, die in jedem Lied enthalten ist, und der charakteristische Gesang prägen jeden Track wie eine Marke. Mit ihrem Selbstbewusstein, das sich wohl auch aus den großartigen Quellen speist, aus denen geschöpft wird, wird aus den Liedern von Evol Bum Pearl leichtfüßig und wie zufällig jeweils ein Original.
Evol Bum Pearl machen aufregende und intelligente Musik, die sich nicht auf einen Weg festlegt, um alle zu meistern.<<

Montag, 23. August 2010


In collaboration with Sven Junge and his colleagues Selina Kraus (“Your Mom”) und Philip Welzenberg (“Wasteland” & “DADADA”) – students of music production in Berlin – a recording session took place, through which three remixes emerged.

Wasteland (Remix) by Evol Bum Pearl
Your Mom (Remix) by Evol Bum Pearl
Dadada (Remix) by Evol Bum Pearl

Montag, 28. Juni 2010

New Video: Celebrating Nothing (by Mathilde Podowski)

This is the (un)official video for Evol Bum Pearl´s song “Celebrating Nothing” off their debut “first, best & worst” (2009) by the greatly talented young film maker Mathilde Podowski.