Over the past couple of years, Sandro Perri has been letting us in on a fascinating collection of strange and enchanting collaborative sound recordings that he’s been involved with – rich in deconstructed melody, interplay between acoustic and electronic instrumentation, and pointillist and aleatory composition techniques. A bounty of private and unreleased tracks has apparently been accumulating for some time and we’re very excited to announce that many of these will now begin to see the light of day: Constellation will be releasing three LPs of this material over the next few seasons, rounded up under the project name Off World.
Chiefly a studio-based endeavour, Off World traces its origins as far back as 2008, with Perri and fellow Torontonian Lorenz Peter (Corpusse, Processor) working together on tracks and very occasionally performing live under the moniker. The project has expanded to encompass collaborations between Perri and many others as well, including producers and musicians Drew Brown (Lower Dens, Blonde Redhead, Beck), Susumu Mukai (Zongamin), M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight) and Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro 70, Kanada 70), and Jesse Zubot.
Montreal and Toronto will have several chances to welcome the forthcoming releases by Automatisme, Jason Sharp, and Off World. All three artists will be performing in distinct settings that will allow for a proper acquaintance with their new work. The first event will take place on Wednesday, 21 September. Automatisme will be opening for Jerusalem in my Heart and Jessica Moss at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as part of the Nocturne at the POP Montréal International Music Festival. On Thursday, 22 September, Jason Sharp will be performing along with his band as the opening guest for the newly-added final night of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s residence at the Théâtre Paradoxe in Montreal’s Ville-Émard borough. There are still a handful of tickets remaining for this performance, though they’re sure to go quickly. On Friday, 23 September, Automatisme will bring his multidisciplinary installation performance to Festival Agrirock in his hometown of Saint-Hyacinthe at Centre Expression. Off World will take over Toronto’s intimate Ratio space for a three-night stint from 21-23 October. Stay tuned for news of other dates, hopefully a little eastward down the 401. Would you like to pre-order these releases? Lucky for you, we have a bundle special until release day on 30.09. See below for more details.
We're excited to unveil the first of three new releases coming this fall: the debut collection of roving, semi-improvised, collaborative song deconstructions by Off World, featuring long-standing Constellation artist Sandro Perri and a coterie of fellow-traveling producers. Off World is the moniker under which a stockpile of primarily electronic, studio-based instrumental works will be issued over the next couple of years – this first volume rounds up music that emerged from a 2-day session in London orchestrated by producer Drew Brown (Lower Dens, Blonde Redhead, Beck), between himself, Perri, Susumu Mukai (Zongamin) and M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight) after learning that Perri was a huge fan of both Mukai and Silver’s work.
Off World 1 resists easy categorization: not ambient “easy listening”, not strictly “improvised”, not “retro” – but eccentrically absorbing and soothingly mischievous electronic instrumentals, where vintage synthesizers and drum machines bubble and lurch, testing boundaries of melody and structure, with occasional accents from traditional/acoustic instrumentation. The result is genuinely exploratory, peculiar, warm and sui generis electronic music that sounds like it could have issued from any time in the past 40-50 years.
Off World 1 is out September 30. Find more details at the official album release page HERE. Pre-ordering will be available in August (we'll be keeping you posted).
Meantime, check out the newly shared album track "Extraction" below (as well as the previously shared "Wonder Farm"):