Only Silence Remains
GZH66 || May 2016 || LP/CD/DL
LP || 180g heavyweight LP comes in a matte finished sleeve with black inner poly-lined paper sleeve and a card insert. Includes a download of the entire album emailed to you on the day of release.
CD || Housed in a 6 panel matte finished digifile sleeve. Includes a download of the entire album emailed to you on the day of release.
DIGITAL || Visit our Bandcamp page to purchase digital items in Lossless/MP3 format. Available from 20.05.16
French composer and Ondes Martenot virtuoso, Christine Ott releases her first full-length album since 2009 and her debut record for Gizeh Records.Only Silence Remains is beautifully melodic and filled with mystery, seeing multi-instrumentalist Ott performing on a variety of different instruments throughout the record.
Ott's creations are nothing short of magical, with the piano taking centre stage throughout, accompanied perfectly by the Ondes Martenot, harmonium, tubular bells and percussion. This music is revelatory in its ability to transport you to another time or perhaps even another world. It's nocturnal qualities coupled with subtle romance reveal an artist at the top of her game. Only Silence Remains seeps into your unconscious, and rewards with repeated listening.
From movie soundtracks to opera, through improvisation, contemporary music, theatre plays, dance or rock music, Christine Ott's musical path has always been guided with a ‘no limit’ spirit and will to share her passion for new sounds with others. Ott is a true eclectic artist with a musical journey that knows no concessions, always driven by an insatiable curiosity, uncompromising musical choices, and cooperations born with passion and heart. Collaborations with the likes of Yann Tiersen, Radiohead, Tindersticks, Syd Matters, Daau, Raphelson, Noir Désir, Vénus, Oiseaux-Tempête and Foudre! have lasted over time.... Her music is all together unclassifiable, disturbing, inspired and melodious.
Ott is a mischievous, extraterrestrial being. Always looking for new and interesting ways to work, she does not settle on one instrument, such as the Ondes Martenot: an enigmatic electronic musical instrument invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928. Nor does she settle on one musical style: she is working with an ever-present passion to shuffle the cards. Ott was an integral part of Yann Tiersen's experimental band for ten years, contributing on both recorded material and live shows alongside a vast amount of other work for theatre, film and dance.
"Ott's compositions are shadowy and minimal, the melodies subtly sketched, and arrangements given space and light. It makes for a set that rewards repeated listens." The Skinny
"impresses as much for the quality of its compositions as its distinctive soundworld" Textura
"a magnificently singular work" Aural Aggravation
"travels from melody to mystery to fear to comfort"
A Closer Listen
1. À Mes Étoiles
3. Sexy Moon
5. No Memories
6. Danse Avec La Neige
All tracks composed & performed by Christine Ott
Christine Ott: Piano, Ondes Martenot, harmonic tubes, harmonium, percussion, vocals, Jupiter8, timpani, tubular bells.
Disaster lyrics by Christine Ott
Recorded by Benoit Burger & Christine Ott except Szczecin live by Fabrice Tison and Raintrain introduction by Frederic Apffel.
Mixed by Yann Arnaud.
Mastered by Antoine Chabert.
Photographs & design by Jean-Pierre Rosenkranz, Mathieu Gabry & Richard Knox
Justine Charlet - Harpsichord (1)
Jerome Fohrer - Double bass (1,4)
Anil Eraslan - Cello (2,7)
Olivier Maurel - Vibraphone (2)
Francesco Rees - Drums (4)
Servovalve - Soundscapes (8)
Casey Brown - Spoken voice (8)