Belgian musician, composer and instrument-maker Jochem Baelus has been unleashing his obscure, hypnotic krautrock embellished with distorted exotica upon us as Slumberland since 2013. After creating his signature battery of sewing machines, projectors and dismantled mechanical objects, Baelus immersed himself into the world of 65
year old voice-artist Sainkho Namtchylak and assembled a new sound sculpture inspired by her colour. – expect the rattling drones of motorized chanters grinding against the unearthly sounds of a Siren – Namtchylak grew up in Tuva, an autonomous Russian republic north of Mongolia. She, known as a rebel pur sang,
became the first female overtone artist, started combining these traditional chants with influences from avant-garde music and working with artists such as Evan Parker and Tinariwen.
Her indomitable demons and Russian beat-poetry are now accompanied by Bealus’ compelling, minimal yet vigorous compositions. For their collaboration on Slumberland’s third upcoming full album Lightkeeper Baelus worked with the Canadian/Lebanese sound engineer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart, Constellation Records), recording amidst the trees at Gam Studio in the Belgian Ardennes and mixing at Hotel 2 Tango in Montréal.
The album was mastered by James Plotkin and will be released in May ’22 by Berlin’s Morphine Records (Senyawa, Pierre Bastien) founded by Rabih Beaini. Slumberland and Namtchylak have been invited in 2021 to play at Le Guess Who?, Sonic City festival and will be part of the line up of Berlin’s adventorous music festival CTM 2022.
No shows booked at the moment.