Montreal-based electronic musician Ohm Hourani will drop his debut album, Jazz of the Machine, via his own Anoma Records.
Recorded and mixed in Montreal's Phi Centre studio, Jazz of the Machine is an audacious project that employs a modular synthesizer to create its own sound patterns, which Hourani then modifies and fine-tunes while matching the patterns with rhythmic structures constructed with both modern and vintage rhythm machines. These initial threads were then used by several of Hourani's talented collaborators as the basis for further musical explorations, resulting in a gorgeous album of considerable depth and experimentation—nothing on the album was looped and all recordings that made it to the final cut were the first takes recorded by the musicians (Rhodes, trumpet, bass, vocals).
The recording of the album was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and in collaboration with the Phi Centre, which will also host an ambitious record launch that will bring together the ensemble of musicians who contributed to the elaboration of the album on February 21.
Ahead of the release on February 11, you can pre-ordered Jazz of the Machine here, with the album's beautifully free-flowing opening cut, "Oasis in Heaven," streaming via the player below.