ORCHESTRA SENZA TESTA IS THE NEW MONIKER OF JONAS ROSÉN(ASTERISK*/THE FEMALE ANCHOR OF SADE)!
DEBUT ALBUM "FABULA" FEATURES COLLABORATIONS WITH FRED LONBERG-HOLM, RÅD KJETIL AND THE LOVING EYE OF GOD, TATSUYA YOSHIDA (RUINS), W T NELSON (BASTARD NOISE) AND OTHERS.
The artistery of Jonas Rosén is still one in concealment. His prior musical projects included The Female anchor of Sade, a group that explored the limitations and possibilites of contemporary rock. He was also the main ideologist and vocalist of progressive grindcore outfit Asterisk*. The latter a group that mixed "Slayer styled" riffing with lyrical themes from french philosophy, claimed minimalist composer Arnold Dreyblatt as a main influence, collaborated with electronic music pioneers Lasse Marhaug and Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and released a total canon of 50 songs (all in 2 years time).
After a 6 year long hiatus from music Kalligrammofon is proud to release Jonas new project Orchestra Senza Testa with its debut "Fabula".
This is what Jonas himself wrote about the album:
"Fabula is the fruit of many months of hard labour during the dark autumn and winter of 2007 for which I had many musicians on board. It is a attempt to write music with tales. Fabula is that and not much else. To compose Fabula I was forced to go into a new realm of composition and thought which took me many years to prepare for. When it suddenly came together however, it all happened fairly quickly. In a few months time Fabula wrote and recorded itself, me basically being the vessel for the story that IT wrote.
The composition of this album is unlike anything I've ever been in involved with before. Not that it is radical in any way (regarding structures, narrative and such), but it is at least the total opposite of my previous musical efforts. A new era that in a strange way bares the essence of all the ugly and (occasionally) beautiful music I've done in the past."
To me as a listener, "Fabula" finds it's musical core in the very origins of Swedish electronic music. It's not ambient music, but rather music that elucidates space in a way that reminds me both of the works of Folke Rabe as well as David Lynchs classic Eraserhead movie score. However, it's dressed with slight melodies of most softened light, making it an overall less dark experience. Musical textures builds around tender yet majestic cello performances from Fred Lonberg-Holm, the almost constrained pianowork from Sara Andrea Lundgren (Which actually sounds like an almost Feldmanesque take on "Summertime") as well as the mildly cracked folktunes of Råd Kjetil. As a whole it also carries a lenient theatrical feel which makes it comfortably timeless.
Available on cd with handmade covers and mp3.