On Thursday the 19th of June Martin Hall performs at a concert in London where he’ll be sharing the stage with legendary British singer Marc Almond. Both performers have been invited to appear as special guests at Othon Mataragas’ first major concert in the city for more than one and a half year. The event will take place at The Garage.
Martin Hall recently worked with Othon Mataragas on the singer’s critically acclaimed solo album Phasewide, Exit Signs. The record was released in Germany and several other European countries in October 2013 where it has received brilliant reviews.
Among the other guests at The Garage concert next week you’ll find “the banshee falsetto of London”, opera-inspired singer and actor Ernesto Tomasini, as well as Bird Radio. You van find more news about the show here.
The academic journal Reception is a magazine for Nordic literature. In relation to the 150th anniversary of the second Schleswig War and the 100th anniversary the outbreak of World War 1 the new #72 of the magazine is a special issue about war – and the imprint of war – in Danish and Nordic literature.
In this relation Martin Hall has been invited to write an essay on the subject. Hall’s contribution to the magazine is the text ”Comparisons of Monopolies on Violence”, an article that sets off by telling the story of an experience he had during his childhood years in Spain where he lived as child with his family from 1971 to 1972 (a period where the fascist-oriented General Franco still ruled the country).
Reception #72 was released on May 23. Other contributors include Hans Hertel, Christel Wiinblad and Theis Ørntoft.
You can find an illustrated version of the text (in Danish only) here.
As one of the special guests invited on stage in relation to the English musician Othon Mataragas’ first major concert for more than one and half year, Martin Hall will be appearing live at The Garage, London, Thursday the 19th of June (19.30). The names of several other prominent guests will be revealed on Othon’s website and facebook notice in the weeks preceding the concert.
Martin Hall recently worked with Othon on the singer’s critically acclaimed solo album Phasewide, Exit Signs, where they wrote and performed the opening song “Emblematic” together. Guitarist and mandolinist Johnny Stage also appears at the London live show.
For further news and updates on the night, please check Othon’s facebook notice on the event.
Tickets are available via agencies such as TicketWeb.
In his introduction to the night, Othon writes:
“After more than a year and a half from Othon’s & Tomasini’s sellout concert at St. Leonard’s Shoreditch Church, I am thrilled beyond words to be back on stage together with a fantastic band of musicians, amazing special guests – some most of you know and love and some who I am quite sure you will fall in love with – great visuals and an altogether different setup to any of the shows I have done so far. This is going to be a raw, dreamy, ceremonial and, at times, sweaty event celebrating the arrival of PINEAL. I shall be unveiling more news about the show gradually.”
Martin Hall’s latest album Phasewide, Exit Signs has been met with a line of excellent reviews in both Danish and European medias. The album is the singer’s first solo record for seven years and offers several interesting new collaborations. For a more detailed album description, see the end of this post.
A short summary of the Danish reviews features the following highlights:
”The ever changeable Hall in disturbingly good shape.”
( * * * * * ) Gaffa (Denmark’s biggest music magazine)
”To listen to Phasewide, Exit Signs is quite simply an aesthetic experience.”
( * * * * * ) Undertoner (Danish site for independent music)
( * * * * * ) Lydtapet (Danish site for independent music)
”This album is a delight to listen to.”
( * * * * * ) BT (Denmark’s equivalent to The Daily Mirror)
”Haunting beauty and a delicate, melancholic desperation.”
( * * * * ) Jyllands-Posten (Denmark’s biggest newspaper)
“Beautiful and unique.” Politiken (The Danish equivalent to The Guardian)
“Extremely present.” Information (Denmark’s equivalent to The Independent)
When Phasewide, Exit Signs was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in October, the European reviews were equally enthusiastic. The album release was followed up by a number of articles about Hall in some of Germany’s biggest magazines such as Orkus Magazine, who also put the video ”Muted Cries” in rotation on their channel.
During the years several of Martin Hall’s records have been released on the German market. In the 80’s both Relief and Cutting Through received a lot of attention in the country, and in 1997 Random Hold was released by the German label Public Propaganda with subsequent extremely positive reviews. In 2006 Facsimile likewise received several excellent reviews.
A short overview of some of the international reviews of Phasewide, Exit Signs goes like this:
“One of the most important records of 2013. Outstanding.”
( 5 / 5 ) Nowamuzyka (Polish site for independent music)
”To bow before such an artist is a duty, to enjoy his art a pleasure not to be denied.”
( 8 / 10 ) Darkroom Magazine (Italian music magazine)
“Intoxicating … be sure to check it out.” Orkus Magazine (major German music magazine)
”Dark and hypnotic: Hall understands the award of forging strong tension.”
( 12 / 15 ) Musik Reviews (German site for independent music)
“A very positive surprise … impressive.”
( 11 / 15 ) Baby Blaue (German site for independent music)
“A quiet, thoughtful and spherical album.”
( 7 / 10 ) Der Hörspiegel (German site for alternative music)
“Phasewide, Exit Signs allows deep insights into what a brilliant artist Hall is.” Alternativ Musik (German site for independent music)
“A rousing album.” Music Scan (German music site)
“A poignant, but obscure experimental album that comes in a kind of cabaret format making it more accessible.”
( 6 / 7 ) Side-Line Music Magazine (Belgian music site)
Phasewide, Exit Signs can be described as a kind of musical log book. The album has been recorded in cities such as Montreal, London and Brussels and Martin Hall works with several new collaborators on this occasion, one of these being the Greek-English pianist Othon Mataragas (probably best known from his works with names such as Marc Almond, Current 93 and Peter Christopherson from Coil and Throbbing Gristle). Other tracks feature artists such as Linus Carlsen and The Funeral Tag Brass Band. Well-known Hall collaborators such as Christian Skeel, Johnny Stage and The Vista Dome Ensemble also appear on the recordings.
In November 2013 Martin Hall was nominated for two GAFFA awards (the biggest Danish music magazine) in the categories “Danish album of the year” and “best Danish male artist”. In December the Polish site Nowamuzyka elected Phasewide, Exit Signs to be “album of the year” (top 10 features artists such as Flaming Lips and Mazzy Star).
Martin Hall’s latest solo record Phasewide, Exit Signs has been elected “album of the year” by the Polish site Nowamuzyka. The top 10 of the magazine features artists such as Flaming Lips and Mazzy Star. You can see the full list here:
In November Martin Hall was nominated for two GAFFA awards (Denmark’s biggest music magazine) – in the categories “Danish album of the year” and “best Danish male artist” – but here he didn’t win the people’s favour.
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