Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Mamiffer "The World Unseen"

Mamiffer will release "The World Unseen" on SIGE and Daymare March 2016

press and information:

Mamiffer (the duo of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner) have announced their forthcoming LP, The World Unseen, for release via SIGE Records in March 2016. Light and dark, stark and slight, their music has grown ever stronger in its ability to captivate across longform passages. Their amorphous approach enables them to make deft atmospheric shifts from breathless isolation to life-affirming absolution, a key signifier of their otherwise variable sound. Slow without resorting to doom platitudes, their’s is a powerful lamenting force – a prairie emptiness punctuated with single shots and tangible melodies, encased in folds of chorale disintegration and nuanced abstraction.
“If you must have a language, let it be one whose quantity cannot be reduced to a single sound, one that moves without displacing, that describes without being written, that knows the letter and yet is the spirit and has the spirit to be without recourse to visibility, that is made of time and not altered by time, that knows neither childhood or age, neither the tongues or the teeth that gnaw at foreign languages, that gives birth to itself, whose soul is everywhere and nowhere, that is free in its coupling. Air cut out of air… a motive force of infinity… and the world will be music… where birth and death overlap.” 
-Hélén Cixous
 For Mamiffer’s Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner, music is a divine language, a code to be deciphered, a map riddled with clues. Their latest album, The World Unseen, is a conceptual and liminal document of numinous connection through an experience with loss. It is an exploration of subconscious and psychic bonds between the past and present, and the ways in which the musical devices of repetition and incantation create hands across the chasm that divide the human from the divine.
Through the use of piano, voice, guitar, Wurlitzer organ, bass synthesizer, tape machines, and effects pedals, Coloccia and Turner have created an eight-song aural lexicon that vacillates between Arvo Pärt’s delicate minimalist beauty, Thomas Köner’s narcotic pulses of noise, and Richard Pinhas’ sublime textural patterns. Further expanding upon their explorations, Mamiffer enlisted Eyvind Kang for string arrangements. Geneviève Beaulieu (Menace Ruine) and Joe Preston (Thrones) make guest appearances on “Domestication of the Ewe pt. III”, contributing additional choral vocals and bass, and adding greater dimension to their auditory crossings. Despite this impressive arsenal of musicians and instruments, Mamiffer ultimately depends as much on empty space as they do upon the various oscillating frequencies within their sound. “The record is imperfect,” says Coloccia. “It has within its heart an incompleteness, a stillness containing the presence of absence and loss.
It was a slow and patient journey to arrive at the final formation of The World Unseen. Chance, accident and imperfections were used as compositional tools, and unplanned chaos revealed itself as having its own harmonious order and healing litany. The songs took their shape from source material that stretched back as far as 2011. Mamiffer then began to capture those songs in recording sessions at their home studio and at AVAST! Studio in Seattle with producer/engineer Randall Dunn throughout 2013 and 2014. The World Unseen sees the light of day in March 2016 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via SIGE Records in the U.S. and as a CD with a bonus disc on Daymare Records in Japan.
(Brian Cook 2015)
More on this release in the coming months…

Mamiffer upcoming tour:
March 24-30 Announcing soon
March 31 Knoxville, TN Big Ears Festival
April 1-5 Announcing soon
April 5-7 Iowa City, IA Mission Creek Festival

Faith Coloccia (from Mamiffer)

Monday, December 28, 2015

New interview and group exhibition

Heres a new interview I did with Scene Point Blank:


6. How relevant is the physical format record/cd/tape in 2015 and going into 2016? What do you see changing in terms of physical vs. digital discussions?

I have no idea! I am open to all possibilities about formats. It seems that regardless of PR, record sales, or digital formats, people are incredibly inspired, and are making amazing, and challenging music. I still have a fondness for the physical format, and producing that. Especially with SIGE's hand made releases. I like to know and feel that part of the artist's presence is still in and has interacted with the commodified object. That the personal can reach out to touch the listener through the physical format.
Although: I also really like knowing that someone far away who cannot get the physical release or afford it, can be touched by hearing the human voice come through foreign computer speakers, that the spirit of creation and the human pulse can still be felt through bad connections, broken systems and murky digital streams of capitalism. So I am hopeful that regardless of what format a release is on, that people still believe in the power of music, and the communities it helps foster and create.

My artwork will be included in this group exhibition curated by Amelia Ishmael in the Sector Project space next year:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mára song on the radio

1st Mára song on the radio! Tonight on Resonance FM.  The Wire: Adventures In Sound and Music . LDN 104.4fm 

The record "Surfacing" comes out in December on SIGE records. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CRATER Artwork

Here is the artwork and design for Daniel Menche and Mamiffer's CRATER (SIGE43) 

Official release day: November 13th 

Custom duo-tone jackets printed by Stumptown printers in Portland OR. 

Pantone: Black 6 and Pantone 8003 

Gatefold CD comes with a 12 page Duotone booklet. 
Photos by Daniel Menche, John Coloccia 
with collage/painting, scores and design by Faith Coloccia.
Crater/Venus photos by NASA/JPL.

1. Calyx 6:19
2. Husk 14:13
3. Alluvial 16:16
4. Breccia 16:20
5. Exuviae 11:25
6. Maar 4:04

SIGE Records 2015. 
Cassette: 50 copies (sold out)

Custom Dutone printed jackets and booklets with art, design and photography by Faith Coloccia and Daniel Menche.

Mixing and arrangement by Daniel Menche 
Original compositions by Mamiffer and Daniel Menche 

Daniel Menche: Field Recordings, Electronics, Drones, Noise 

Faith Coloccia: Piano, organ, voice, field recordings 
Aaron Turner: Guitar, electronics 

Piano and guitar recorded by Randall Dunn at Studio Litho Seattle WA (2013), and London Bridge Studio Lynwood WA (2010) 
Additional guitar and voice recorded by Daniel Menche at the House of Low Culture Vashon, WA (2014) 

Mastered in the analog domain at Stereophonic Mastering 

Design: Faith Coloccia 
Photography:Daniel Menche and John Coloccia 

Edition of 500

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mono-print ash paintings available

Mono-print paintings by Faith Coloccia, made for the Daniel Menche and Mamiffer release “CRATER”.
(Made with ash, carbide, gesso, ink, and salt.)
These paintings will be up for a week, and then taken down.
Any paintings not sold within the week will become part of the artwork and packaging for Mamiffer+Daniel Menche LIVE cassette coming out in December.



*for inquires on other paintings please write to: ****

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Oakeater "Aquarius" Artwork

Here is the full LP artwork for the new Oakeater record "Aquarius" (SIGE029)
Official release day: Today!

Custom duo-tone jackets printed by Stumptown printers in Portland OR.
Pantone: PMS 877 and PMS Black 6U. 
Black is overprinted on the silver.

Comes with a red photocopy double sided insert. Hand stamped LP labels.

Photos by Seth Sher from Oakeater, painting and design by me.
Paintings were made using: ash, gesso and salt on black reactive paper.

You can purchase the album in 2 formats: CS and LP: HERE and HERE
Digital is also available HERE
Stream the record at FACT MAGAZINE.

*The cassette version is housed in a 5x5 box, with photocopy interior and exterior printing. Includes double sided red paper insert and Oakeater logo sticker.
*Oakeater logo by Seth Sher.

Paintings for the cassette insert:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Māra "Surfacing" out in December on SIGE

Māra "Surfacing"
Out in December 2015 on SIGE records (CS/Digital)

1. The Gift of Life
2. Warmth, Shelter, Oblivion
3. Sant'Elia a Pianisi
4. Flask of Hermes
5. Nothing of Everything
6. Love and Infinity
7. Healing for the Wounded

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mamiffer at Big Ears festival 2016

Mamiffer is happy to be invited to perform at Big Ears festival in Knoxville March 2016!

More info.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Daniel Menche and Mamiffer "CRATER"

SIGE-043 Daniel Menche and Mamiffer "CRATER"
Coming out NOV 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mamiffer live photos

Some photos from 2 recent Mamiffer shows supporting Chelsea Wolfe in Bellingham WA and Vancouver BC.
(live photos by  M.Jamison/twitter and C.Wolfe/instagram)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Mamiffer performances

The Rickshaw in Vancouver BC Canada
with Chelsea Wolfe

The Shakedown in Bellingham WA
with Chelsea Wolfe

*live photo by Christopher Wormald

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

New artwork for "leave them all behind" 2015

More information on the Japanese festival "leave them all behind 2015" from Daymare Records:

The artwork was made with ash, carbide ink mono prints, and ink drawings.