The formulae of letting go: as a distinct live band and after spending two years on the road, Omni Selassi wanted to save their chaotic stage energy on a sound carrier. Dance Or Dye was supposed to be a live album captured in a row of ad hoc studios, raw and organic, recorded naturally, as a matter of course. It all turned out differently: it has become a layered work of back room, studio, and field recordings, at times close to pop, then again just past it, with a strong affirmative towards experimentation. Music overgrown by the desire to go astray. A somewhat maimed kind of pop.
«Nothing on the album is how we wanted it to be. Nothing is how it actually is − and probably that's why we like it quite a bit. But we don't know anything about it either. Maybe Elischa Heller knows more. He’s the one who did the mix for it.» – Omni Selassi
Perhaps this album is a misunderstanding with a constructive outcome, the simultaneity of opposing forces: from their chaos of instrument cables Rea Dubach (voc, git, efx), Mirko Schwab (dr, autoharp, git) and Lukas Rutzen (dr, perc, synth) and by grinding through multiple layers have created a polished stumbling block. So, is this pop in the end? Why bother?
released September 30, 2022
Rea Dubach – voice, synth, guitar
Mirko Schwab – drums, electro harp
Lukas Rutzen – drums, synth
Energy time maddafakkas! This is hard hitting free jazz for the revolution. Listening to this you could believe it might actually happen!
Anyone who thinks Jazz is for old folks should give this a spin. It couldn’t be more contemporary to my ears. Crinklechips
With their blend of playfulness and graduate-level instrumentation, Dorcha deftly prove that improvisational zeal and conservatory-level precision aren't mutually exclusive. Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 16, 2020