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Cobra Coral EP feat. Marc Almond, Boss Axis, Charles Poulet & Bird Radio out Monday 6 July on Amazon and Google – iTunes & Beatport to follow!

Othon’s ‘Cobra Coral EP’ digital release week, through SFE/Cherry Red Records, has started on Monday 6 July 2015 on Google and Amazon. It features Marc Almond, Boss Axis, Charles Poulet and Bird Radio.

Best known for his genre-transcending songwriting and his emotionally explosive compositions, award winning pianist Othon felt called “by the living consciousness of the Amazonian Ayahuasca brew to explore the depths and grooviness of electronic dance music” one recent Brazilian summer. His critically acclaimed, genre-transcending album ‘Pineal’, released in June 2014 through Cherry Red Records, was Othon’s first attempt to bridge the seemingly disparate worlds of his classically trained past and the rhythm-focused present and the ‘Cobra Coral’ EP takes his emotionally explosive composition from that album right into the hybrid universe of “shamanic dance music”.

The first track ‘Cobra Coral’ features Marc Almond moving vocals based on ‘Seu Tupinambá’, a slow melancholic Umbanda tribal hymn that blends indigenous beliefs with magic and spiritism. The hymn is sung in Ayahuasca ceremonies across Brazil and it was during one of these ceremonies that Othon decided to transform its infectious melody into a multi-percussive summer tune. Marc Almond shares Othon’s interest in the magico-religious practices of Central and South America and his passionate singing is certainly expressive of the Brazilian temperament.

In the 11-minute long dynamic ‘Quantum Mix’, Othon’s unrestrained creativity really blooms; here his compositional past blends seamlessly with the electronic-focused present in a stellar collaboration with Charles Poulet, a ‘sound wizard’ of the underground club scene. His background is in working with Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey and he’s also toured regularly with Factory Floor. In this mix, evocative flute lines performed by Bird Radio are reconstructed and layered to create a journey that builds up to an engulfing crescendo and a hallucinogenic wall of sound. The idea is to continuously raise the internal frequencies of the listener, bringing some of the ecstatic ceremonial vibrations both to the living room and the dance floor alike.

The final track is the ‘Boss Axis Mix’ by German melodic techno champions Boss Axis. Deep, evocative and groovy, Boss Axis’ dub remix raises the temperature to hot completing Othon’s unique and visionary release.

Cover Design: Sital Aki

PINEAL

Out now!

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Finally, the big day has come! Pineal is now available to order online, buy on iTunes and in selected stores around the world.

The two snakes
Pineal is in two parts representing the two diverse worlds to which I equally feel connected to. These worlds interweave, sometimes blending with each other and others feeding each other. The first is the world I am more consciously familiar with, the intense western megalopolis with its progress, aspirations and failures. The second is the primal world of magic, the jungle and the sacred medicines, a world bathed in mystery and awe. Pineal has come in a moment of my life in which I feel the need to embrace and connect both, as I have accepted and unified the diversities of my own existence. Pineal brings together sounds from the Kaxinawá or Quechua tribes of the Amazon with my personal reflections of the ever evolving alternative tribes of the industrial cities. Pineal is PAN in every way.

The circle of people
Pineal features an unusual and colourful combination of artists, including Marc Almond (official), Ernesto Tomasini, BIRD RADIO, and ethereal vocalists Rita Belo and Meg Ella Brooks. It brings indigenous shamans Javier Arevalo Shahuano and Jessica Ramirez Seopa, together with 3 choirs, a classical, a gospel and our own little ‘Ayahuasca’ choir. The music is performed by the skillful hands of tuned in instrumentalists while Christopher Bracher, with award winning mastering engineer John Dent, sculpted the final sound with the finest attention to detail.

The artwork
Pineal is in many ways inseparable from its artwork, created by ‘Dawn Yet To Come’ director Predrag Pajdic. Predrag’s visually enchanting photography gives the project an air of completion and multidimensionality. The intro text, lyrics and extended credit section on the other hand helps the listener to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the project. Sital Aki’s (of Once Punto Dos) design, neatly puts together the informative and visual constituents.

The offerings
As Pineal is a result of invaluable inner explorations through Ayahuasca ceremonies and as I become increasingly more a bit of a consciousness warrior, I have decided to donate 10% of the profits of this album to the The Beckley Foundation. Beckley does cutting-edge scientific research on the healing effects of psychoactive substances and works towards drug policy reforms worldwide.
The Kaxianwá people of the Amazon, who have inspired this project and who have allowed me to transform their sacred Pasha Dume Icaro to an explosive techno track will get another 10% of this album’s profits.

Pineal is released by Strike Force Entertainment.

Below are some links to buy Pineal from different countries/territories. More links are available online.

UK:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4679

France:
http://www.qobuz.com/fr-fr/album/pineal-othon/5013929844223

Denmark:
http://cdon.dk/musik/othon/pineal-27414381

Netherlands:
http://www.wowhd.nl/CD/othon-pineal/dp/38089681#bc=f86c

Hungary:
http://albamusic.hu/show.php?id=53532

Europe (general):
http://cdon.eu/music/othon/pineal-27414381

US:
http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=9216648

Hong Kong:
http://www.wowhd.com.hk/CD/othon-pineal/dp/38089681#bc=31e5

Japan:
http://tower.jp/item/3583882/Pineal

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/gw/album/pineal/id882971216

Cover photo: Predrag Pajdic www.pajdic.com
Design: Sital Aki www.oncepuntodos.com/sitalaki

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