Undertow: In Search Of Sonic Oblivion by Harry Sword will be available on 4th
February 2021 published by White Rabbit Books.
Monolithic Undertow, the first book of its kind to focus solely on drone, takes an in-depth look at the history and origins of the “mighty drone” and is available to pre-order now.
Musicians of Joujouka manager Frank Rynne was interviewed by the author about working
with and recording the group over 25 years, the Musicians’ history and music.
The book also features The Beatles, Ravi Shankar, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Ash Ra Tempel, Melvins and Sunn O))), to name a few.
from White Rabbit Books said: “Monolithic
Undertow alights a crooked path across musical,
religious and subcultural frontiers. It traces the line from ancient traditions
to the modern underground, navigating archaeoacoustics, ringing feedback, chest
plate sub-bass, avant-garde eccentricity, sound weaponry and fervent
spiritualism. From Neolithic beginnings to bawdy medieval troubadours, Sufi mystics
to Indian raga masters, cone shattering dubwise bass, Hawkwind’s Ladbroke Grove
to the outer reaches of Faust and Ash Ra Tempel; the hash-fueled fug of The
Theatre of Eternal Music to the cough syrup reverse hardcore of Melvins, seedy
VHS hinterland of Electric Wizard, ritual amp worship of Earth and Sunn O)))
and the many touch points in between, Monolithic Undertow explores
the power of the drone – an audio carrier vessel capable of evoking womb like
warmth or cavernous dread alike.”
is described by Beck as “An inspired and intuitive navigation of the drone
continuum . . . with a compass firmly set to new and enlightening psychedelic
Following the postponement of the Master Musicians of Joujouka tour in Japan this year, Festival De Frue promoters have announced that the appearance would be rescheduled for 2021 or 2022.
The decision not to travel to Japan for the shows was due to ongoing uncertainty around the Covid-19 global pandemic.
announced that any ticket holders for the shows would be contacted with details
of refunds, or to carry the tickets over to the rescheduled dates when
was set to see the Master Musicians of Joujouka return to Japan for the first time
The Master Musicians of Joujouka were scheduled to appear with The Orb in a continuation of their collaboration debuted at last year’s Dior Cruise Show 2020 in Marrakesh.
included scheduled appearances at Festival De Frue in Shizuoka 31st
October to 1st November and a concert at WWWX in Shibuya, Tokyo on 3rd
Festival De Frue was able to go ahead with a line-up of artists from Japan.
A statement from Festival De Frue organisers said: “Festival
De Frue 2020 will be held carefully, taking measures against infectious diseases
in line with world standards, such as wearing masks, temperature measurement,
disinfection, hand washing and calling and ingenuity to keep things from
becoming dense. To do this it may only for artists living in Japan.”
The Master Musicians
of Joujouka would like to thank the promoters and everyone who had planned to
see them play in Japan and look forward to seeing you at a later date when it
is safe to travel.
For more information
about the festival visit the Festival De Frue website