THE COLORIST ORCHESTRA & HOWE GELB share new single and video for GENTLE ON MY MIND!
Not On The Map LP Out Oct 1st Via Dangerbird Records
PRE-SAVE Not On The Map
On the track, Howe Gelb says, “Harkens back to the early 70s. Before it all turned decadent in the counterculture. The last remnants of the beat era. The hipster as hobo. Riding the rails. Cuppin the hot tin cup of crappy coffee. And the hardships are all worth it because the world of authority and regiment has nothing to offer besides it’s poisonous taint of conformity.
And all the while in moments of contagious contemplation, the sweetness of the one woman left behind along a repetitive path that offers up the dangerous comfort of settling down
so that when the beer is bitter enough
And the whipping wind blows bitterly
And the ridiculous conversations turn bitter
And within every ounce of a chilled bitter rain
… she sure seems worth the confines of a warm nestle in the. letting go of the trappings of a cold grey train trestle
there she is .: in a welcome haunting .. just that smile and a waving :: like a lighthouse free of the storms that won’t let me alone when I’m always alone .”
Kobe on the track: “Thanks to Howe, we rediscovered this fantastic song. The words paint pictures that keep coming like a river. Finding the right palate to give that river enough drive and also melodically maintain enough space for the content of the lyrics was a fine challenge. The melodic extra information we added gives just that space for the images to sink in. We really like the way Howe tells and sings this song. While playing, you embrace his story so intensely that there is nothing left but the here and now.”
And Aarich on the track: “Working on the arrangement, I had the mood of Midnight Cowboy in my head. I also listen a lot to Nina Simone’s Suzanne and this you can hear in the parts of the bass and the piano…”
The Colorist Orchestra is an avant classical music collective with eight members led by Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans that uses traditional and bespoke instruments in unorthodox ways to remix the repertoire of an invited artist. Best-known for their 2016 collaboration, The Colorist and Emiliana Torrini, The Colorist Orchestra has also toured and recorded with Sumie, Cibelle, Gabriel Rios and Lisa Hannigan. New album ‘Not On The Map’, their latest collaboration with maverick songwriter Howe Gelb, will be out on October 1st through Dangerbird Records.
Until now, all of The Colorist Orchestra’s previous releases were built around meticulously rehearsed and arranged live performances of songs from their collaborator’s catalog. But ‘Not On The Map’ is entirely new material. Perhaps the perfect summation of the project came from Proesmans’ 11 year-old daughter, after first hearing the latter tracks. “You have Howe, and he’s creating a world,” she said. “And then you guys create the ocean around it.”
Over a 30+ year career beginning with his trailblazing indie collective Giant Sand, Gelb has proven himself no stranger to experimentation and reinvention. When Jespers and Proesmans first approached Gelb, the intent was to apply the Colorists interpretive approach to Gelb’s expansive and diverse catalog, but they quickly discovered that there is little about Gelb’s creative method that involves sticking to a rigid plan.
8/11 NT Gent (40 jaar Democrazy), Gent
13/11 De Roma, Antwerp
16/11 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels