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CST175 180gLP + art print • CD • DL
Release date: 03 November 2023
Shuga Records (US)
Norman Records (UK)
Piccadilly Records (UK)
Rough Trade (UK)
Juno (UK) CD / LP
Vinyl Pladen (Denmark)
Bol (The Netherlands)
“Perri’s third and final record features a landscape that’s simultaneously primitive and futuristic, the earthy yellows and browns of its flora offset with the unearthly angularity of its rising stone structures. Hints of jazzy brass contrast against more alien electronics textures which glisten and shine…it’s a fine end to the trilogy, but also one which pushes the project into its most interesting territory.” - The Wire
“[a] gently addictive preview cut… ‘On The Corner’ Miles horn meets a Tom Waits down beat stomp, occasional electro glitches fizz and a trip-hop haze finds those dark wave mists on some long night time drive. Off World ‘3’ may be this project’s swan song but the signs are it’s going to leave a lasting impression.” - Backseat Mafia
“Perri… continues to produce music that will not trouble the daytime radio airwaves and it is all the better for that.” - God Is In The Tv Zine
“music that makes its own movie, building unfamiliar shapes and references out of tones you know and tones you don’t. It plays easily in the background but rewards attention” - Jenn Pelly, Dusted Mag
Off World presents the final album in its trilogy of surreal and spacious leftfield electronics. “A stellar project headed by Sandro Perri, one of the most singular producers in contemporary music” (Boomkat), this third volume is another distinctive collection of tracks constructed from semi-improvised ensemble recordings made over the past decade with a varied cast of co-conspirators. Drew Brown, Matthew Cooper, Susumu Mukai and Andrew Zukerman join Perri again on a variety of synths and machines, along with violinist Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Fond Of Tigers). Perri also continues to add organ and piano to the mix, while Volume 3 notably features first-time Off World contributors Nicole Rampersaud on trumpet and Martin Arnold on guitar, both mainstays of Toronto’s vibrant improv and out-music scenes.
The Quietus calls Off World “genuinely explorative…the musical equivalent of a Dali-esque landscape” which through all sorts of genre-defying twists and turns, at times evokes “off-kilter, late Miles Davis ambience”. Off World 3 doubles down on that jazz-adjacent trope in certain respects, while holding fast to Pitchfork’s dictum that Perri “cultivates his own genreless brand of futurism.” Marked by longer tracks than previous collections, three of the album’s five songs clock in around the 10-minute mark, where overtly improvised instrumental playing wends its way across alternately bubbling and woozy electronic beds. “Impulse Controller” is a languidly skewed rhumba where ambling melodic undercurrents and dubby electronic pointillism provide a dulcet promenade for Rampersaud’s Miles-esque trumpet excursions. “Ludic Loop” see-saws along in a slow synthy two-step, punctuated by Perri’s restrained piano chords and Arnold’s fried electric guitar. “Empasse” is perhaps most reminiscent of earlier Off World collections, though again slowed and stretched, with oozing synth bass ostinatos counterposed by ambient layers of viola and violin filigree from Zubot.
These three centerpiece longform tracks each highlight one of the album’s instrumental improvisers, and taken together, make for the most scintillating sedate and ruminant album in the trilogy. Off World 3 sounds as sui generis as ever, but in wrapping up the series, Perri sprinkles the project’s emblematic alien surrealism with decidedly anthropic elements and temporalities. This final volume in the trilogy could also be seen as a re-statement of Perri’s politico-aesthetic mission, as aptly celebrated by Pitchfork and its glowing 8.0+ reviews of Perri’s 2018/2019 solo albums In Another Life and Soft Landing (released between Off World 2 and the present volume): a uniquely purposeful, subtly detailed cannon of songs “busy, vibrant, and bursting with life, but that aren’t ever in a rush to get anywhere.”
180gram LP Art Edition comes in 20pt uncoated cardstock jacket with polylined black paper inner sleeve and a 12"x24" art print poster on 100lb uncoated paper. Featuring artwork by Karl Sirovy. Vinyl includes download card.
CD comes in a 20pt uncoated paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with inner dust sleeve for the disc. Featuring artwork by Karl Sirovy.
Martin Arnold - guitar
Drew Brown - electronics
Matthew Cooper - electronics
Susumu Mukai - drum machine
Sandro Perri - drum machine, electronics, organ, piano
Nicole Rampersaud - trumpet
Jesse Zubot - violin, viola
Andrew Zukerman - electronics
Recorded at The Hospital (London), 6 Nassau, Sonology and Tranzac (Toronto) and various home studios.
Engineered by Drew Brown, Matthew Cooper, and Sandro Perri.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Sandro Perri.