Hi everyone, all the best for 2015.
2014 was pretty good with us from a musical point of view. We toured a bit around Europe with good people, had excellent food, played a beautiful german basilica, a soaked public park in Switzerland, a techno festival in Sardinia, a jazz festival in Germany, an art gallery in Leipzig, the tiniest place and PA in Rimini, the shortest set in Bari, performed next to a Rembrandt in Dordrecht, super loud in Karlsruhe, made the pipes vibrate in Innsbrück, crashed the laptop twice in London and Münster, had a blast in Torino, improvised with Blackthread on a boat, wrote site-specific music pieces for french river banks, etc.
Thanks a lot to everyone involved in this, to people who took care of us, cared for the music, supported the music and shared moments with us : promoters, agents, tech crews, sound engineers and of course those who came to the shows. And also to all the artists we shared the stage with : Lillevan, Julia Kent, Lubomyr Melnyk, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Insiden, Anna von Hausswolff, Haxan Cloak, John Lemke, BJ Nilsen, Saffronkeira & Mario Massa, Alexandre Navarro, Jen Reimer & Max Stein, Ensemble Economique... And special thanks to close supporting/helping/working people around us, Clémence, Michaël, Fabien, Pierre, Chris and Clément. And thank YOU.
In 2014, there weren't many Witxes releases but there was a remix for Oiseaux-Tempête (on Sub Rosa, along with remixes by Aun, Scanner, Saaad, Machinefabriek, Dag Rosenqvist, etc.), a remix for Silent Whale Becomes a Dream (on Arbouse, along with remixes by Loscil, Benoît Pioulard and Melodium) and also a commission for six pieces of site-specific music premiered at the Contemporary Music Biennale in Lyon (these pieces might surface properly in 2015).
But 2014's main release for us was a new 20min piece of music based on a track by Dale Cooper Quartet & the Dictaphones, available on split album released by Denovali Records. DC4, on their side, built a track upon "The Apparel" (from A Fabric of Beliefs). Some nice words about it :
"Witxes best work to date"
"Uneasy listening at its best"
"Dans son concept, l'album s'avère à la fois déstabilisant et pourtant totalement passionnant [...]"
new Noise Magazine
"Witxes offer a beautifully mysterious, dangerous and epic piece, which reverberates long fascination"
"Not the stop-gap release it could be for either contributor"
The Arts Desk
"A gloriously oppressing release"
"Witxes bring something surprisingly accessible to ambient and drone music something with thundering climaxes underwritten by danceable beats and erupting, post-rock surges"
4ZZZ FM Brisbane
We just got some copies of the split with Dale Cooper Quartet & the Dictaphones : CDs as well as LPs (Black or Clear Gold 12", in a thick matte gatefold), you can get them straight from us, right here.
2015 is still to be written, but a few remixes for other people as well as a few guest appearances on other artists' albums are already in the pipes, and a lot of studio/writing/recording time is what we're counting on.