Quite an extraordinary, intensive emotional experience. Some of the best things in life are often found by chance.The album is a unity. You have to listen to it from beginning to end.
Favorite track: Jubjoté - Mélodie de la Maladie.
Enigmatic multi-instrumentalist J.P. Shilo emerges from the shadows to present Jubjoté, a beautifully esoteric live reimagining of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.
Best known for his work with legendary Melbourne band Hungry Ghosts, as well as contributions to classic albums by Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, Adalita, The Triffids and the Blackeyed Susans, Shilo’s unique musicianship is world-renowned. Here he lends his magic touch to the grand organ, guitar, synthesiser, electronics, sound collage and spoken word to produce a work of singular artistic vision.
Guided by the eternal motion of the Shepard Tone, the listener is plunged beyond the comfort of normalcy to consider a shifting subject position that cannot escape the churn of cultural progress. As L.J. Spruyt’s cover art suggests, Jubjoté invokes a reckoning with multiple concurrent realities. Shilo’s Grand Organ is by turns elegant, sick, beautiful and decrepit.
Backed for this live performance by Hungry Ghosts violinist & co-conspirator T. J. Howden, Shilo leads the capacity Town Hall audience through oscillations of neoclassical focus, wild-eyed psychedelia and avant-garde fragmentation.
released June 25, 2021
J.P. Shilo - Grand Organ, Nylon & Electricity Guitars, Voice, Piano Strings & Tape Manipulation
T. J. Howden - Violin, Bowed Cymbals, Field Recordings, Metal Percussion
Recorded by Andrew Robinson
Live engineering by George Kailis
Mixed by Myles Mumford at Rolling Stock Melbourne
Mastered by David Walker at Stepford Audio Melbourne
Curated and produced by Miles Brown
Front and inner photography by L.J. Spruyt
Design by Luke Fraser
4 Soulful experiments, all instrumental - Recorded Live, one Sunday in October 1997, (maybe 1897?) on a broken $7 reel-to-reel with 2 shotgun mics. Accordion, violin, vibraphone & strange guitars. J.P. Shilo
My first record, made at Birdland Studios, Melbourne w/ Lindsay Gravina. (Late '96/early '97.) Featuring the Late Great Rowland S. Howard in the producer's seat (and on all manner of instruments) <3 J.P. Shilo
David McComb is probably the most underated Australian songwriter. It is fantstic to hear some of his lost songs. The Triffids were part of the sound track of my youth and its so good to and some nes songs to it. Sullie