Editor's info: 'Snöleoparden' - the snowleopard is a rare and threatened animal, native to the harsh and remote areas of the mountain ranges of central Asia. There are several reasons why multi-instrumentalist Jonas Stampe has chosen this particular animal as his alter-ego, just like the snowleopard, Stampe has roots in Asia, more precisely in Pakistan, and the lithe physique of the snowleopard can also be compared to Stampe´s almost gymnastic ability to switch smoothly between different musical genres.Bearing in mind the sound of bands like Gang Gang Dance, early Animal Collective and Kemialliset Ystävät, it´s tempting to file Snöleopardens sound under the "psych folk" -umbrella, but it just wouldn´t be fair to the music.Apart from being mainly instrumental (unlike the above mentioned artists), Snöleoparden´sselftitlted album comprises such different elements as Steve Reich-like minimalism ('Xylofon' & 'Lillecykel '), Pakistani folk songs ('Dreng'), childrens pop songs ('Hodja Fra Pjort' & 'Grieg'), ritual/ceremonial music ('Trance' & 'Snabel E'), electronica ('Den Evige') & psychedelic rock ('Water Puppet Theatre'). Elements of world music also has a strong influence on Snöleoparden´s music, but to simply label it world music, wouldn´t do it justice either. What unites the tracks is the fact that they´re created in a state of childish ingenuousness, musical curiosity, and with eminent instrumental skills rarely heard like this. During recordings as well as live sets Snöleoparden uses mostly homemade instruments, reel-to-reel tape recorders and guitar pedals to create his music.The hypnotic rhythms are all hand-played and only in one case ('Trance') based on a loop, done the old fashioned way of course, using a reel to reel tape. Most tracks have small stories to accompany them. Like the track 'Dreng' which were done with a 6-year old busking boy from the town of Sadikeabad in Pakistan on vocals. Or the charming rendition of Danish composer Sebastian's 'Hodja Fra Pjort', where the voices were recorded in a kindergarden and the instruments in the music room of a public school, using only the available instruments. SNÖLEOPARDEN BIOGRAPHY: A strong fascination for world music has led Jonas Stampe to travel a lot, especially in India, Pakistan and Morocco. In '98 he spend one year in India as a sitar-student under Ravi Shankar, and in '99 he was a part of Ravi Shankars live-group on a tour in the UK. Since 2000 Jonas Stampe has played guitar in the Danish indietronica band Mofus, guitar and sitar with cyber-jazz band Badun, and worked as a session musician (mainly on sitar) on several records with different artists including Barun Kumar Pal, The Broken Beats, Puddu Varano, Grassskirt, Antophones, Glen Scott, Vektormusik and Karsten Pflum
Rump Recordings (DK)
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