Soliloquy by Up, Bustle & Out

  1. Theme
  2. Absent Crowds
  3. Littered Dreams
  4. Silver Fish - An Ocean's Dub Tale
  5. Waterfalls of Gold feat. Benjamin Escoriza
  6. Sho Beto'l Alreh feat. Amal Murkus
  7. Popcorn Delights - an unusual Waltz
  8. Beach Combing feat. Andrea Echeverri
  9. Soliloquy Theme
  10. Luminous Fragments feat. Bronagh Slevin
  11. Scratchy Aperture - Dub
  12. Sokak Cats feat. Sally's City Cats, Bristol
  13. Satie's Atelier
  14. bonus tracks
  15. Silver Fish - An Ocean's Full Tale
  16. Waterfalls of Gold - Dub
  17. Satie's Atelier - Dub
  18. Golondrinas Volando feat. Benjamin Escoriza
Listening to the music of Up Bustle & Out, I feel each song is a testimonial, conveyed on timeless instruments full of grace, and modern electronic wizardry as well.
- Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead
Ever since setting out as one of the first and most prominent jazz - dance combos on the young Ninja Tune label, Up, Bustle & Out have come a long way since pioneering Ninja Tune's global reach. Their search for sounds, traditions, stories, allies and cultural change has lead them to places like South America: Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Europe, urban mega-cities like New York and Tokyo and the Orient. Their studio base in Bristol, England is the place where they bring it all together, forging one colorful, authentic and truly revolutionary album after another, and, in this collage process, relentlessy experimenting with sounds and styles to generating creative, new dubs, fusions and versions.
Up, Bustle, & Out have me mesmerized, intoxicated, enveloped in a process that takes the idea of collaboration and synthesis one step further to transform art through the alchemy of sound waves.
- Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead
Soliloquy is full of moods, sounds, landscapes and even evokes the scents of foreign places. There is the Bosporus region, which was already celebrated on a double disc (Istanbul's Secrets), and where singer and actress Sevval Sam has long since become an extended family member. It's her voice that dominates most of the album's 13 tracks. We can also discover the voices of Bronagh Slevin (ex- Crustacean), as well as Columbian singer Andrea Echeverri, and "Sally's City Cats" appear on the studio rooftops of the Bristol production HQ.
Soliloquy album front cover by Up, Bustle and Out The Andalucian vibe on Waterfalls of Gold is provided by Benjamin Escoriza, singer of award-winning Radio Tarifa, while credit for most of the other spanish moods must go to band member Cuffy "El Guapo" and his dreamatic and tense Flamenco guitar work. Fellow Bristolian Jim Barr of Portishead Band and The Blessing provides the trustworthy foundation on his beloved double bass. Other U, B&O stalwarts from Bristol include trumpeter Andy Hague and the bucket-loads of percussion by the Eugenia Ledesma (Argentina)... Again, founding member, Rupert Mould Medd made the musical journey across Europe to Instanbul to return with the recorded tapes of magical studio session work, while his partner "Clandestine" Ein held out at the HQ composing and adopting the hands-on production approach that is now the U, B & O trademark.
A soliloquy conjures for me a single dream, a drop of water, a bubble, a violin solo: the spoken word recounts the inner feelings of one self among many.
- Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead
Let us not forget that the album title hints at moments of loneliness and inwardness. Powerfull club tunes, so much loved by DJs and dancers around the world, take a step back this time, giving way to delicate arrangements, Eastern chords and contemplative moods that all contribute to the album's common thread: the spirit of our environment, our concerns for a future, the very sounds of nature.
Listen closely, you will hear the sound of beach surf, winds, animal and children, also a movie organ, a steam boat leaving the harbour, or a Gypsy carousel. These field recordings were captured over the years by band founder and musical director Rupert Mould Medd.
With the addition of four dubs and versions as bonus tracks, this album, covers a wide range of the world. It is softer, deeper, introspective and certainly carefully crafted, skillful movements as U, B & 0 strive for the next level. This release not only celebrates a unique and deeply humanistic vision of a globalized world, and its concerns, but also the leading role of Istanbul - as an inspiration for the European Capital of Culture in 2010.
CD released on Collision - Cause of Chapter 3 in April 2010.