Theodore Wild Ride - Theodore Wild Ride
Theodore Wild Ride is a collaboration between French pianist/keyboardists Christine Ott (regular collaborator of Yann Tiersen, Tindersticks, Oiseaux-Tempête), Mathieu Gabry (Snowdrops) and Oud player Ophir Levy. celebrating musical freedom and redefining the relationship between space and time with a special, unexpected orchestration.
The Strasbourg-based outfit's debut self-titled album unfolds like a magical film, a solo expedition: a journey that the listener experiences accompanied by this unusual chamber music, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes dark and vulnerable but always questioning our place facing natural forces, the wild world, and the cruelty of ourselves. The trio blends both Eastern and Western musical codes and references; the amplified strings respond to the delicate sound of the felt-treated piano, the microtones of the Ondes Martenot mingle with the quarter tones of the oud, to the point of challenging the cracked electronics of a detuned mellotron in a final explosion.
The album artwork was created by visual artist Jeroen De Wandel. After listening to the album, and without knowing any background, he created the artwork with a manipulated photo, photographed in the American Yosemite National Park in 2018 with a broken 1935 Kodak Retina... which turned out to be a perfect fit for the backstory of this album, where time and space are not fixed concepts.
"The oud is the secret weapon of Theodore’s Wild Ride, whose diverse, self-titled album straddles the worlds of folk, rock and modern composition. (...) a set that is simultaneously contemplative and enthralling" - A Closer Listen
"This record is really wonderful, it engages you into a one-on-one conversation with the sounds and with yourself. Music somehow timeless and without a distinct space but everlasting and everywhere" - Veil Of Sound
"An ideal soundtrack for dawn" - Gonzo
- LP limited to 100 numbered copies
- CD housed in 6-panel double-gatefold card jacket with 5mm spine
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