We are pleased to present you LE TON MITÉ and their visit to “KUMOKOKUDO”. A downloadable 17 song EP with alternate takes version of the sold out 37 song limited edition CD release by Tokyo based SWEET DREAMS PRESS.
LE TON MITÉ is the musical project of McCloud Zicmuse: artist, musician & letterpress printer. Zicmuse has written 37 songs with “KUMOKOKUDO” as the general subject: the land of clouds.
ZICMUSE has been on a musical journey his whole life, during which he has been invited to tour with such groups as DEERHOOF, GORGE TRIO, OLD TIME RELIJUN & CHOCOLAT BILLY, and has been spotted playing his bassoon & other curious instruments with MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ (Tori & Reiko Kudo), TENNISCOATS, CHRIS COHEN (Curtains), MOUNT EERIE (Microphones), FELICIA ATKINSON and HALF-HANDED CLOUD.
But at the core of all of this activity is LE TON MITÉ and “KUMOKOKUDO” reveals the fruit of the knowledge that ZICMUSE has gained over the years. “KUMOKOKUDO” is a tribute to the land of clouds, capturing its ephemeral beauty through the collection of simple notes and arranging them in to songs which reflect the essence of each moment: being kicked out of the house, climbing a mountain, eating fries... Orchestrations that at times rock and other times soothe, a counterpoint of melodies that harken back to the compositions of the middle ages but sound equally as if they come from the future.
Voices sing in strange or almost familiar languages, the music is bright, pointillistic, and usually has a strange chord or musical signature at the end. The songs are not very long but it quickly becomes clear that the whole recording is the song! Suddenly you see the story as a whole, and the guitars, keyboards percussions and iaeniaens all play part in this story. Then you realise that you just said “iaeniaen” and find out that it is a handmade one-stringed instrument that Zicmuse builds.
But that is not all, no recording can be had without the help from friends, so that is where some piano, percussion and keyboards from Marc Melià Sobrevias (LONELY DRIFTER KAREN), vocals from ARLT’s Eloïse Descaze, xaphoon & percussion from François Schulz (HOQUETS & VIVE LE ROUGE), and a cast of characters from the Norman countryside and the mythic Studio Chaudelande (noted for the “C’est la Dernière Chanson” recording by MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ).
released July 6, 2016
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