Boomkat Product Review:
Off World is a stellar new project headed by one of the most singular producers in contemporary music Sandro Perri, who’s probably best known to us lot for his spellbinding dub-disco-psychedelia take on Arthur Russell as Polmo Polpo, but here indulging in a fascination for much stranger, alien tones in free-floating arrangements of jazz, prog and ambient electronics sounding something like Rashad Becker via Pekka Airaksinen...
Conceived as a studio endeavour with fellow Torontonian Lorenz Peter (Processor, Corpusse), Off World subsequently expanded to include collaborations between Perri and many of his peers, ranging from his Glissando 70 partner, Craig Dunsmuir, to Constellation regular Eric Chenaux and Beck’s producer, Drew Brown, forming a mutable mass of ideas and gestures which were whittled down to reveal the cosmic visions of 1.
Their sound is evidently well schooled in myriad musical disciplines which they neatly consolidate and navigate with a cool hand and head, employing techniques from aleatoric and pointillist composition at the service of a prog-minded, dub-spaced and ambient jazz-wise style of electro-acoustic music gleaned from vintage synths - EMS Synthi, Syntorchestra, Prophet 5 - and mostly traditional instrumentation - violin, banjo, harpsichord, guitar and piano.
But that’s the technical stuff, and while it’s all nice to know, it’s best to approach 1 with an clear, open mindspace, preferably late at night, where its shimmering tapestries can ribbon out from the Rashad Becker-esque noumenal jazz of Primitive Streak and thru Extraction’s symphonic phantasia to the late-night-jazz-gone-country style of Wonder Farm with minimal impedance.
There’s no mistaking that this is an important project for Perri, featuring some of the most inventive, spellbinding work in his catalogue. It's also one of the most original and satisfying albums we've heard this year - can’t wait to see what the next instalments bring.