Ikarus

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ABOUT CHRONOSOME The hybrid musical organism known as IKARUS returns with a prismatic cipher of a new long-player, entitled Chronosome. The title is a play on two ideas that informed this sophomore meditation on sound: chromosome (organized package of DNA) and Chronos (the personification of time). Ramón Oliveras – the drummer, composer and bandleader – was adamant about his voracious appetite for influences from day one, citing Bartôk, Meshuggah, Flying Lotus and Craig Taborn as catalysts for songwriting, all in a single breath. Baring this in mind, this record is an exploration of the idea of evolution, because evolution requires only two things: time and the exposure to strong environmental influences – DNA is only a document of the changes that the form incurs.

DNA is also the code that expresses and preserves the very essence of a life form, and guarantees a deeper formal continuity over time. An IKARUS signature sound and unique approach to music making was already audible on the debut record, Echo. What we have here, are evolved iterations of that original blueprint, i.e. the second generation. The playfulness and the joy of reveling in complex rhythms, challenging time signatures and the general celebration of the abstract, all of that is still here, what's new is that it all sounds so effortless. For example, a music nerd might spot that Ontake is grounded in a 4/4 pulse, while the drums play a 19/8 loop over a 6/8, that the piano goes for a 5/8 and the vocals for 13/8. But the accomplishment here is not only the formal play, but that this song is accessible and enjoyable even without this knowledge, and that the band doesn't sound like they were trying, at all.

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„Ikarus sound complex, daring, gentle and energetic at the same time, yet remain accessible.” Zürcher Oberländer (concert review, portrait) - February 2016

“The emotional bleakness is achieved by an object lesson in 'less is more'. Evocative, indeed!“ The Progressive Aspect UK (review) - February 2016

“Insanely catchy“ Prog Magazine UK (review) - November 2015

„A truly great example of contemporary jazz” Arcinfo (Portrait) - November 2015

„Minimalistic elements condense and pile up to an eruptive crescendo. This set packed a punch!“ Culture Vulture (concert review) - October 2015

„With these ingredients, Ikarus create a masterpiece.” music-on-net DE (review) - October 2015

Album of the week at Jazz am Sunntig Radio RaBe/LoRa - Septembre 2015

“Shows off so much emotion in such an organic line of movement, that it’s hard to believe” D4AM (Review) - Juni 2015

„Room filling minimal-music“ Kultur-Tipp (CD-Highlight) - Mai 2015

„Echoing appearance“ 5/5 Punkten Jazz’n’More (Portrait) - Mai 2015

„You should remember this band

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Discography

Mosaismic

Mosaismic

Ronin Rhythm Records
2019

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Chronosome

Chronosome

Ronin Rhythm Records
2016

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Echo

Echo

Ronin Rhythm Records
2015

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Through birds, through fire, but not through glass

Through birds,...

Self Produced
2014

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Ikarus: Through birds, through fire, but not through glass

Ikarus: Through...

Self Produced
2014

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Saiko

Saiko

Ikarus
Mosaismic

Oumuamua

Oumuamua

Ikarus
Mosaismic

Caliph

Caliph

Ikarus
Chronosome

Ligulin

Ligulin

Ikarus
Echo

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Ikarus
Echo

Zarastrus

Zarastrus

Ikarus
Through birds, through fire,...

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