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Big Black Delta: Debut Album BBDLP1 Out September 26th/September Residency @ The Satellite

posted by Trina Green | Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 10:34 AM

"Big Black Delta’s maiden voyage (which will be out on Coming Home Records) is a triumph of man and machine, not to mention man over record-industry machinations. ” -  Buzzbands LA
"As a successor to the free debut EP BBDEP1, Los Angeles experimental pop project Big Black Delta’s debut LP BBDLP1 will be released on September 26th on Coming Home Records. Citing “being out of tune” as a muse, the songs on the album are the spawn of multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bates’ imagination and inspired musical exploration. It was recorded entirely on a laptop given to him by Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails, SONOIO) in and all over Los Angeles, from assorted apartments and friends’ houses to backyards across the city, often at all hours of the night. Guests on the album include Cortini, who played his buchla on “The Zebrah,” as well as Morgan Kibby (M83, White Sea) whose vocals are featured on “Dreary Moon.” Big supporter of the band, Los Angeles tastemaker Kevin Bronson premiered the track "Capsize" on Buzzbands.la yesterday.
Venezuelan-born Jonathan Bates, formerly of the Los Angeles band Mellowdrone, began his solo project Big Black Delta out of the desire to create a new kind of pop music. By purposefully doing everything slightly wrong in the studio, using any instrument available, and combining it with UFO folklore, the Big Black Delta project was born."
Now that’s press release-talk. Real speak as verifiable by the common ear says that Big Black Delta is a masterful punch of dynamic and celestial sounding electronica beneath a joyful halo of pop. In the true spirit of “I get by with a little help from my friends”, Jonathan Bates taps a variety of sources for inspiration and support in order to create this body of sonic atmosphere for the body to move to. Seriously, I’m listening to the album now and digging it. Yes, in the studio it’s all Bates, but when BBD comes to you live on stage it’s packing two side arms in the form of female drummers, Amy Wood and Mahsa Zargaran (Sabrosa Purr).

Come September, Big Black Delta sets up house in Los Angeles at The Satellite for a month-long, Monday night residency of groove. If you haven’t done so already, you can Soundcloud BBD tunes here, download the free debut EP BBDEP1 here, and residency dates are below.


9.05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite (Residency)
9.12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite (Residency)
9.19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite (Residency)
9.26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite (Residency)

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