There are some artists who need no special introduction! One of those, is rock-genius Anton Newcombe, the mastermind behind the immaculate The Brian Jonestown Massacre (revisit their interview). Last November, Anton fronted the 6th edition of Pure Phase Ensemble (revisit their interview), for SpaceFest! 2016, and the result was an explosive psych-rock experience on stage.
Last Day Deaf is more than excited to exclusively stream the latest video of this perfect matching, and ‘Balwan‘ is the ideal kraut/psych hymn to dance to….
Pure Phase Ensemble 6 were:
Anton Newcombe – guitars, vocals, mellotron Emil Nikolaisen – guitar
Karol Schwarz – guitar
Olga Mysłowska – vocals, keyboard
Maciej Karmiński – drums
Marcin Lewandowski – bass guitar
Jakub Żwirełło – guitar
Kacper Graczyk – synths
music: Pure Phase Ensemble 6
lyrics: Olga Mysłowska, Karol Schwarz, Kacper Graczyk
recording: Łukasz Dąbrowski
live mix: Mateusz Danek
mix, production, mastering: Karol Schwarz
project supervision: Anna Szynwelska
editing: Karol Schwarz
Pure Phase Ensemble 6 feat. Anton Newcombe has unveiled the video for ‘Balwan’, the second track teasing the forthcoming ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ LP, to be released through Nasiono Records. This new single was preceded by the first one ‘God Drugs’, which sees The Brian Jonestown Massacre ringmaster Anton Newcombe at his best. The album includes seven tracks.
Pure Phase Ensemble is an eclectic rotating group of musicians, who come together every year in December during Gdansk’s illustrious SpaceFest!,. The group’s makeup constantly changes, guided by the artistic vision of a new curator every year and directed by Anna Szynwelska and Karol Schwarz of Nasiono Records, who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset.
Anton Newcombe led this current incarnation, along with with Emil Nikolaisen of Scandinavian rock band Serena Maneesh. The six other musicians involved this year were drawn from various Polish alternative bands. They include Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), Olga Myslowska (Polpo Motel), Maciej Karminski (Jesien), Marcin Lewandowski (Judy’s Funeral, Castlings, Soon), Jakub Zwirello (Oslo Kill City, Szezlong), and Kacper Graczyk (Aiodine, coding).
Just ahead of SpaceFest!, Nasiono Records hosts a workshop, with musicians improvising to produce a set of unique songs. These intensive sessions take place at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in the city’s Nowy Port district, the artists gathering inspiration amidst its post-industrial atmosphere. The festival then culminates in this music being performed and recorded in real time for the inevitable album release.
Underlying the importance of festivals like this, Anton Newcombesays, “turn on the fucking radio…then turn it back off. That shit is bad for you. erm…lets have an urban contemporary rap festival everywhere and see what happens. Let’s have more DJ festivals…name one fucking important DJ now that people will respect in 30 years…name a record besides some classic jam that anyone at a club cares about. It’s all disposable. We are all trying to create our own culture because Western culture is dead”.
“I want to help establish SpaceFest! as one of the most important cultural events in Poland and totally relevant in Europe. I would like to be involved on a deeper level. I want to integrate culturally, artistically with all of Europe…well not the fascist part haha, not the neocons…not the Polanski eyes wide shut fuckers… but the artists”.
This latest SpaceFest! also resulted in a one-on-one collaboration between Anton Newcombe and PPE 6 member Kacper Graczyk – together, the two have released the track ‘Not Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass’.
In past incarnations of Pure Phase Ensemble, the group was curated by Mark Gardener (Ride), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ray Dickaty (Spiritualized), Steve Hewitt (Placebo), Jaime Harding (Marion), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), and Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, The True Spirit).
SpaceFest! has figuratively transformed Gdansk into the intergalactic capital of Poland, presenting psychedelic music at its best with shoegaze, Krautrock and space-rock plus cosmic energy, intergalactic cats, forest goblins, psyched visuals, pagan disco and more. The workshop is organized by the Nasiono Association in cooperation with the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, andl is co-financed by the City of Gdansk.
Clocking in at just over 44 minutes and priced at just €6.99, Pure Phase Ensemble 6 ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ will be released on CD and digitally on September 29, but can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
Photo credits: Clemens Mitscher