End of year
Happy New Year to all! Hope you have a good 2016 and all that.
I’m writing this post from Jakarta and soon I will be returning to my beautiful home of Todmorden which was one of the areas affected by the recent flooding across the north of England. It’s been so incredibly bizarre to observe everything that’s happening to my home via TV and the internet this past week. To hear Todmorden named on international news has been very weird as was hearing the various mispronunciations of Mytholmroyd. I’m proud of my community for coming together and trying to get on with everything but I’m keen to see it with my own eyes more than I thought possible.
What to do to help? – I’m currently coming up with some plans to raise money for the Calderdale Flood Relief Fund which I’ll post about soon. As an immediate response I’m going to donate all proceeds received recently from my album with Delphine and any purchases made on my Bandcamp page will go towards this also.
Cheers to Marc Masters and Tristan Bath for naming Distance Future in their end of year lists for Pitchfork and The Quietus! I was really surprised and happy to see them both. Reviews here –
*** Review on PITCHFORK “The Best Experimental Albums of 2015” :
“France’s Delphine Dora and England’s Sophie Cooper have both made impressively uncategorizable music over the past decade, and while they’ve been mutual supporters (Dora released Cooper’s excellent Our Aquarius on her Wild Silence label last year), this is the first time they’ve played together. Improvising in a echo-laden church in West Yorkshire, the pair found a sound distinct from their respective individual work. Their voices fill the space in a haunting-yet-reverent way; some of the tracks are like wordless hymns sung by ghosts. Distance Future’s surrounding ambience reminds me of the holy drones of Charlemagne Palestine and Janek Schaefer on Day of the Demons, but where that record’s power came in clarity, Dora and Cooper’s work is more mysterious—and ultimately something only these two could conjure. “—Marc Masters
*** Review on THE QUIETUS by Tristan Bath :
The Top 20 tapes of 2015:
“One of these months I’m not going to feature a tape from the Was Ist Das label, I swear! They’re not making it easy though. This latest release is insanely beguiling, and features a collaborative session between West Yorkshire based musician Sophie Cooper and French improviser Delphine Dora. Recorded in the atmospheric confines of Todmorden Unitarian Church, Cooper reaches for her trombone alongside electronics throughout the tape’s 13 deftly chosen snippets from the performance, while Dora swaps her usual piano for organ and percussion, with both utilising their haunting wordless vocals throughout. The possible comparisons are few, yet brutally raw in nature: Keiji Haino’s Nijiumu albums, the sound of an Alfred Schnittke choral work reflected by an infinite number of ancient stone wall corners, small snippets of La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela epic vocal drones. Every moment in the unitarian church feels imbued with some truly ancient sounding ritualism. Cooper’s excellent trombone playing adds a rarely heard colour to proceedings, and Dora’s off-kilter percussion contributions (as on ‘Interlude 2’) yank the carpet out from beneath us just as we settle into the strangely alluring darkness summoned by the pair as they drone, sing and otherwise concoct strange sounds before our very ears. Distance Future is pure sonic magic, and the strangest part is, we’re never quite sure if we’re heading into, or escaping from the darkness.” – Tristan Bath
Delphine and I are in the process for the next release so we’ll see how that goes. Lots more music coming from me next year, quite looking forward to it.
Stay dry xxx