Author Archives: Phil Tortoroli

Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny – Phantom Kino Ballett – September 19, 2018

Phantom Kino Ballett is an audiovisual drama created by Amsterdam-Cologne-based collaborators Lena Willikens and Sarah Szczesny. An assemblage of performance, installation, soundtrack and video, the work gathers and distributes sonic, optical, and experiential references widely and to delirious effect.

For Commend See, the Ballett’s tactility and collectability are expanded. An artist edition of 15 vinyl pieces and 300 cassettes capture two alternate takes of its soundtrack, with paper materials commemorating its character. The cassette edition includes a 40-minute addendum called “Passage Transkript,” a soundscape created by Willikens & Szczesny inspired by their time in Kyoto, Japan in the fall of 2017. Purchase at the shop.

All proceeds from this release will be donated to agisra e.V., a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of migrant women and against sexual and racist violence. agisra is based in Cologne, Germany, and was chosen by Lena and Sarah.

August 9, 2018

Oliver Coates – Charlev

first new music to surface since 2016’s Upstepping and Remain Calm collaboration with Mica Levi, “Charlev” are the early sounds / sights from RVNG’s new journey with Oliver Coates:

download from us or stream from them

Oliver joins Thom Yorke on tour through EU & UK this spring – full run of dates are below:

05/28/18 – Teatro Verdi – Florence, IT
05/29/18 – Fabrique Milano – Milan, IT
05/30/18 – Halle 622 – Zurich, Switz
06/01/18 – Tempodrom – Berlin, DE
06/03/18 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, BE
06/04/18 – Royal Theatre Carré – Amsterdam, NL
06/07/18 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, SL
06/08/18 – Roundhouse – London, UK
06/10/18 – Palace Theatre – Manchester, UK
06/12/18 – L’Olympia – Paris, FR
06/13/18 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, FR

April 25, 2018

Kate NV – для FOR – June 22, 2018

Kate NV’s для FOR is a body of ten symmetrical pieces scored to NV’s native Moscow environment with just enough whimsy to gurgle through the city cracks and grow psychotropic foliage ~ peep into the first of a few films from Sasha Kulak below, for “OAK”:

для FOR will be available in LP and digital forms on June 22, 2018.

April 4, 2018

E Ruscha V – Carried Away

on the eve of Who Are You’s release, a new collection of free form, free flowing music from E Ruscha V, we share the beachside bender of “Carried Away,” the second video by Ruscha V’s visual collaborator Dustin Lynn (one half of Dukes of Chutney).

E Ruscha V’s new album Who Are You is available March 2, 2018 on Beats In Space Records.

March 1, 2018

Lucrecia Dalt – Anticlines – May 4, 2018

Lucrecia Dalt’s Anticlines, her sixth album and first on RVNG Intl., is a volume of bodily and geological substrates within poetic theory and sound. It is a place where skins and minerals dissolve and commingle, where gaseous subterranean leaks inflate lungs, where brain cavities echo interplanetary waves bent from passing through atmospheres.

A former geotechnical engineer from Colombia currently residing in Berlin, Dalt’s concern with boundaries and edges shape the lyrics and music of Anticlines. Paying careful attention to pace, breath, and texture, Dalt microtonally shifts the distance between speech and song while using traditional South American rhythms to support her contemporary electronic composition.

Berlin-based director Charlotte Collin visualizes the first offering from Anticlines, “Tar,” with the morphing and ghostly image of Dalt melting in and out of a limitless space. Drip into “Tar” via the video below:

Lucrecia will join Tune-Yards on select European dates next month before select solo shows in Berlin throughout April and May.

On behalf of Lucretia Dalt, a portion of the proceeds from Anticlines sales will be donated to Tierra Digna, an organization dedicated to the defense of Colombian communities affected by economic policies that violate human rights and devastate the environment, under Come! Mend!, an initiative bridging RVNG’s work and interest supporting non-profit organizations and charities.

February 13, 2018