by Sontag Shogun

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Sontag Shogun’s immense debut full-length album, “Tale”, compiles three years worth of composing and directed textural improvising, molded into nine concise musical statements. They have been experimenting with songform and traversing nostalgic emotional territories, quietly honing their craft alongside collaborators across disciplines such as video, film, dance, performance and poetry. Primarily making use of a grand piano, field recordings, tapeloops and digitally treated vocals, the trio has discovered a unique niche that straddles identifiable genre boundaries. Repetitions of phrases, digitally glitched-out melodies, superimposing practice takes with studio takes. Call this album modern classical, ambient, new age, Sontag prefers their own nomenclature: lullanoise.

“Tale” was recorded whilst the three members were living in separate cities (Jesse in Busan & Seoul, Jeremy in London and Ian in Brooklyn); the resulting composite is both by design and by circumstance, a pastiche of aural geography, culture, and the subjective experiences accumulated on their respective sabbaticals. “Tale” engages the listener from start to finish (or as the titles suggest, from “tale” to “tail”), performing a pseudo-seance reviving the dead memories and reanimating, if only for just a moment, the instances that inspired and informed the music they have created. We can hear sound documents from a trek through a Columbian jungle, a piano tuner testing the ivory at the Southbank Centre and a South Korean traditional singer hitting a buk. These wordless vignettes bring to mind the retelling of a story, perhaps best experienced between the bindings of an as-yet written collection. All in all, "Tale" is a study in nostalgia: a rumination on our relationship to the past and how traces of memory haunt and shape us with every breath.

The release of this album caps off a particularly productive and memorable year for Sontag, as they completed unforgettable tours through Europe, US and Canada, performing with lifelong friends The Dead Rat Orchestra, Liam Singer, Blevin Blectum, Aaron Martin and Julia Kent. Sontag is already looking forward into the next phase of the band’s existence which will include some short film score composition, a choreographic partnership and recomposing lullanoise for percussion and strings.


released May 6, 2014

Sontag Shogun - "Tale"
CD, Palaver Press (North America), 6 May 2014
Luau Records (UK/Europe), 5 May 2014
Ricco Label (Asia), 1 June 2014

{ All songs composed collaboratively by Sontag Shogun }
Ian Temple, piano
Jesse Perlstein, voice, laptop, field recordings, Korean radio
Jeremy Young, tapes, oscillators, carpetwaves, piezo'd objects

Liam Singer, vocals on Let The Flies In
Cheryl Kingan, vocals on Let The Flies In
Jake Chudnow, tea-sipping on Beyond Wynd Gey
Zebulon, ghost ambience on Tale

Recorded and mixed in various locations by Sontag Shogun, 2012/13.
Vocals on Let The Flies In recorded by Ian Bjornstad in Brooklyn.
Mastered by James Plotkin, 2013.
Liner artwork by Molly Bosley.
Photographs inspired by the great Bern'rd Hoffmann.
Design by Jeremy Young.


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