Anish Music Caravan

Band Ane

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The first release from Band Ane in five years was developed in hear hide-out in the thickets of Rold Skov, Denmark. There Ane has built a remarkable space that lets her creative imagination flow freely. Four harmoniums inhabit a large organ room, the attic holds a huge table with innumerable instrument and sound sources of the most varied kind, a sound archive with loads of analogue tapes, old lacquer discs, newer vinyls – a rich space that propels the imagination in any direction you may want!

And to collect and give shape to her ideas, Ane has made a cabin up in between the branches of a birch tree. There she sits and give mental shape to her many inspirations, allowing them to slowly seep down into fully developed compositions that find their way into the tracks of Anish Music Caravan.

Space has always been a strong source of inspiration for Ane, and the present release has in part been inspired by abandoned buildings. A particular such space was an abandoned courthouse in the Danish countryside. Imagining all the many and varied destinies that must have passed by would evoke many feeling that lended themselves to musical expression – only interrupted by a stray bird that would be in dire need of help to get back out, into the symbolic and very reel freedom.

All compositions by Band Ane
Produced 2012-2014
Mastering by Kassian Troyer
Laquer cut by Arnold Kasar

Ane performed on and with piano, guitar, zither, saxophone, bells, Nord Lead, computer, analogue tape, AM radio, record player, hearing aid, dictaphone, clocks, tools, motorcycle, cart, birds, frogs, insects, rain, snow, ice, books, leaves, trees, fences, trains, shoelaces, boats, and pans and pots…

Cover artwork by Christoph Teuchtler
Layout by Peitersen & Westrup

 

REVIEWS

Rockerilla
Ane Østergaard is a Danish girl that grew up surrounded by nature. Her music is like a photo full of details (real and imaginary) of the landscape that daily accompanies her. Anish Music Caravan is her second album, and it was originally released in the summer of 2014 for the Danish market only. Now the respectable Clang label makes it available in the rest of Europe: a jewel of ambient-folk that fuses the electronic playfulness and its northern lights of Sigur Rós‘ Lila with the prayers of Stephan Micus. Ten songs on the playlist of less than forty minutes of music is sufficient to recognise an EXTRAORDINARY TALENT. Roberto Mandolins

hhv.de mag
Who would want to accuse Ane Østergaard aka band Ane that she has learnt from the best? Before comparison her with Aphex Twin, one could have dismissed her as just being lazy. But more interesting is to know why she disappeared into the countryside for five years before returning with the developments of her sound world, wrapped up into this third album. Perhaps that fact is in itself the answer. Beyond the percussive echo of “Ventolin” (Offpiste) and the outright classic evocation of polygonal ghosts in Rock My Boat, she has perfected a musical concept that does not come about overnight. The album greets us with the very idyllic Overgrown with its nature recordings and dewdrops in the sunrise. Since “Caravan” is part of the album title you get to think of Orla Wren, who delivers similar dreamy sounds from the Scottish countryside. But then the watercolours begins to drift and radio waves and low-pitched voices appear, and you begin to suspect that there is still a vast palette awaiting, that will leave Cornwall far behind. Deep in the forrest of Jutland lives Ane Østergaard surrounded by an arsenal of classic instruments (including multiple organs) and electronic devices from hearing aids to a Nord Lead. From this she forms slowly spiralling symphonic images that repeatedly pass through fluttering chills that never settle, describing nature as a miracle but also as a threat in shivering transfiguration. In short: instead of a road trip we have a wonderful, haunted Scandinavian world of field recordings and sound processing, metallic choirs, sprinkles of beats and rainy melodies. Peter Gebert

Wisperin’ and Hollerin’
Released last year in her home territory of Denmark only, Band Ane’s first release in five years finally received an international release. And deservedly so: the painstaking efforts that went into its production alone warrant the exposure.
Out in the thickets of Rold Skov, legend has it that Ane (Østergaard) has built a space that lets her creative imagination flow freely, in which four harmoniums inhabit a large organ room, while the attic holds a huge table with innumerable instruments and sound sources of the most varied kind, along with a sound archive with loads of analogue tapes, old lacquer discs, newer vinyls. It’s as much a sound laboratory as a studio, and Ane is the kind of artist who’s as likely to be caught lofting a hand whisk on stage as lurking behind a laptop.
Perched in a cabin up between the branches of a birch tree, she sits and give mental shape to her many inspirations, and if it sounds like a crazy yarn spun to propagate the myth of a unique creative process, then the album itself reveals precisely what kind of aural sculptures can emerge from such an environment.
Floating, ethereal notes hang above subterranean slivers of vocal samples and distant twittering; flickering, stuttering beats and transient moments of melody emerge from between the cracks and fissures, the swimming ambience. To describe it as dreamlike would be misleading: this sounds like no dream I’ve ever experienced, and while the soft, mellow overtones are soothing, the sporadic clicks and whirrs and extraneous noises that interfere with the soft and supple ebb and flow are subtle but intrusive enough as to disrupt the calming currents.
It’s wildly idiosyncratic and highly imaginative, and listening to ‘Anish Music Caravan’ is less like listening to an album and more like entering another world.

Silence and Sound
Danish Ane Østergaard alias Band Ane sculpts sounds that give birth to musical miniatures inhabited by naturalistic magic and spectral dreams. With her new album Anish Music Caravan, gentleness is crossed with ghostly voice that etch velvety incantations of startling atmospheres. This free fall is smooth one, caught in a cycle of melodies set to a mellow yet luminous electronica of utmost beauty. Band Ane mixes with envious ease electronic sounds, organic instruments and field recordings that gently strike the senses and tells stories of clouds in love in dizzying space, of immersing within the thicket into the arms of an acrobatic Robin Hood, evoke Leïla “bubble gum” on Offpiste, of swimming against the tide with futuristic speed. Rich with atmosphere from start to finish, Anish Music Caravan defies genres and makes you lose your head with haloed unstable melodies of microscopic jolts that hinge on an open, infinite universe. Sublime. Rolando Torres

freistil
The Danish musician Ane Østergaard has published a very coherent recording. Quiet, beautiful soundscapes that recall the best moments of releases from labels like Kranky. Very delicate and fantastical intricacies open up on this album. Despite the brevity of the tracks (which otherwise is an objection of mine) the album nevertheless develops with incredible complexity and sophistication. The album takes form and reveal itself on so many levels, precisely because each track develops so subtly, mingling in with the background noises and never insists on its presence. Influences blossom with an almost radical versatility, and as one could only dare to hope for, the Jazzy delicately connects with Dubstep in a refined, ambient mood that avoids the brutality of a club sound. Band Ane manages to touch you with this album. mr. ri

Groove
Danish Band Ane cultivates a similar high degree of digital-mechanical refinement. The gentle closeness of the refined, crunchy electronica on Anish Music Caravan (Clang) requires and rewards the attentive listener with its deep-felt and herbal-fresh sweetness.
Band Ane is Ane Østergaard from Denmark, born in 1973. She develops her music on the laptop using sounds from natural sources (field recordings), instrumental samples she records and samples from tons of recordings by other artists.
For the recent project Anish Music Caravan, her first album in five years, she built up an arsenal of keyboard instruments and recording devices in the thicket of Rold Skov, Denmark so that she could let their creativity run wild.
The result is ten pieces full of harmony and slowness.
Floating ambient sounds are accompanied by clearly identifiable, electronically transformed sounds of birds and noise as well as footsteps and motorcycles. Using these noises she generates a very psychedelic atmosphere. The mix surrounds the listener with noise from all sides.
The songs themselves are wonderful little melodies, mostly atmospherically and quietly sparkling, sometimes also modern and rhythmic, such as in Hechizado. Here she developed a rhythmic melody for the keyboard that is propelled by stomping electronic percussion. This piece is also melancholic, even with a slight touch of jazz and complemented by a dissonant electric guitar solo.
Overall, however, the album is kept atmospheric and ambient and Band Ane has managed to create a melodic and enchanting album. The crystal-clear production contributes to this as the sounds surprise the listener and gives the album a post-rock, and almost jazz sound that fascinates. Not much comparable music comes to my mind. Perhaps the experimental work of David Sylvian. Anish Music Caravan is a fascinating gem for discovery and dreaming. Perfectly staged and recorded.
In addition, the mix of slow and atmospheric tracks with arousing and driven, almost forceful tracks seems perfect. I would even call this album “The wonderful world of Band Ane”. 19/20. Wolfgang Kabsch

Blow Up
After the double album “Anish Music Too / & Fire” (BU # 142) Ane Østergaard had apparently gone missing, but she was actually already in 2012 working on a sequel which was published last year in  in her home country Denmark. The girl has grown considerably since then, and so has her ambitions, already present on her earlier, second disc that sported a recklessly ambitious eclecticism. Here it is the case with 9520 DK At Night, a concoction which at moments revels in that playful lightness that best outlines her talent. Fortunately, this happens throughout the entire “Anish Music Caravan”: in the tiny melancholy of Overgrown, in Wolves In My Trash Can with its multi-facetted psychedelics, the romantic Inside The Knitting that allures with Japanese delicacy, the assembled Rock My Boat (Molto Adagio) with its briefly swirling rhythmic freedom, the beautiful Dustrain of an elusive cinematic flow, the francophile imprint on Robinhood Horn, and the elusive song Off-Piste, all indicating a way that definitely must be pursued. (7) Paul Beroni.

INFORMATION
Band Ane’s new and third album Caravan begins with birdsong, then a synthesizer shimmers its pitch through the undergrowth, a melody emerges, someone walks by, a fly flutters past. Bass tones is having a duet with birdsong. Nature reveals itself and is being revealed. Extraneous matter all over. Is the paper? Suddenly a distorted bass voice speaks entirely incomprehensible words. Then there is a weather forecast on a bad FM radio. They promise rain. It rains.
The opening track Overgrown is a masterful composition of concrete sounds, electronic sounds and distortions. And in general, Caravan is an excellent naive, poetic, inquisitive, playful album that is named after Østergaard’s childhood caravan where she used to play and at times also lived in. An album to listen to with a sense of learning how to listen to the world in a different way. And there is plenty of concrete sounds and traditional instruments, and the whole is penetrated by a compositional quality that makes the nimble, undulating melodies feel like new life pours into the shimmering gene puddle, while slowly floating glass formations are so heavy with rain that you any moment expecting relieving cloudburst.
Band Ane is 31-year old Ane Østergaard’s solo project, and with Caravan she has found peace – yes, you remember this, right? The calm. That which tears us out of the urgency and into that point-like black hole also known as concentration. Not all songs are quiet, beats do also exist. But Band Ane has taken the time to articulate herself in a dialogue with engines and reality. And it is in this static electricity between infinite possibilities and real-life limitations where Caravan vibrates so richly. She builds her world – and our world contributes to build her music. There is both being spoken and being listened.

EESMAA
The first release from Band Ane (ANE ØSTERGAARD, born 1983, Denmark) in five years was developed in hear hide-out in the thickets of Rold Skov, Denmark. There Ane has built a remarkable space that lets her creative imagination flow freely. Four harmoniums inhabit a large organ room, the attic holds a huge table with innumerable instrument and sound sources of the most varied kind, a sound archive with loads of analogue tapes, old lacquer discs, newer vinyls – a rich space that propels the imagination in any direction you may want!
And to collect and give shape to her ideas, Ane has made a cabin up in between the branches of a birch tree. There she sits and give mental shape to her many inspirations, allowing them to slowly seep down into fully developed compositions that find their way into the tracks of Anish Music Caravan.
«An ambient world of melodic and compositional beauty… With references to Else Marie Pade and Aphex Twin. One of 2014’s greatest Danish releases.» – Ralph Christensen, Information.








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