20:00 | CONDOR GRUPPE formed in 2012 around two friends living in Antwerp, Jan and Michiel. Looking for a way to express their shared love for obscure Italian 70's soundtracks, spaghetti westerns, surf-music, worldgrooves and krautrock, they teamed up with Krist Torfs, Kris Delacourt and Milan Warmoeskerken, three well talented musicians. Pretty soon they started to finetune the sound of Condor Gruppe by playing live in- and outside of Belgium, resulting in an in your face live reputation, one tape and three 7-inch recordings, all sold out in no time.
The first full length album, called LATITUDS DEL CAVALL, was released as an LP and a CD on Condor Men Records, the band's own label. 9 exotica fueled songs which echoe the sound of an intoxicated ride through the desert, an oriental excursion by night and a fuzzy spaced out guitar, all of these elements backed by a solid and groovy rhythm section, keeping you headnodding and stomping on hot, sweaty nights.
This time they started digged into the beautifull work of the cult artist Moondog. His enchanting melodies and mesmerizing rhytms were the ideal challenge for Condor Gruppe. They added trumpet player Dirk Timmermans and saxophone player Matti Willems to the line-up, and recorded six interpretations of Moondog songs. Again released on Condor Men Records, the album, "Frog Bog – A Tribute To Moondog" is an amazing mix between his jazzy compositions and Condor Gruppe's exotic instrumental sound, while staying true to the genius of Moondog's songs and ideas.
Live, the band is backed by amazing visuals which immerse you in a fairy-like, mystique and filmic Moondog world. "Just like a little child pulling his balloon back to earth while walking around exploring", that is Condor Gruppe music...
21:00 | Dan San, one of the most representatives of Belgian indie folk, is back!
After two years of silence, work, questioning and waiting, Dan San comes back with "Shelter", anastral, organic and atmospheric second album!
Yann Arnaud, known for his work with Air, Phoenix or Syd Matters, joins the adventure. In Paris, at "La Frette" studio where Yann is established, Dan San settles in the middle of a mess made of amps, vintage keyboards and guitars. The production is engaged! Isolated in this out-of-time manor, which has already welcomed artists such as Feist, Girls in Hawaï or Patrick Watson, the musicians experiment new working methods. From now on, track-by-track recordingis over, Yann wants to capture the emotion and the essence of their music live.
The multi-instrumentalist Olivier Marguerit joins the band and sheds a new light on the tracks by opening them to synthetic sonorities. The match is perfect: human and musical. The recording goes on to theGreenHouse Studio in Beaumont where Dan San, still cut out from the world, brings the final touches to this "Shelter".
The result is a successful and fully-grown album whose compositions are sensitive, authentic andexhilarating. Dan San synthetizes its folk heritage while placing itself in a modern and inventive dynamic. Let "Shelter" take action, as it reveals itself listening after listening.