Falling A Records in association with Diplodiscs present ... two brand new double albums
Two Headed Emperor and Alessandro Monti - We're Not On The Moon Yet (UK version)
Alessandro Monti and Two Headed Emperor - We Are Not On The Moon Yet (Italian version)
In early 2023, musical visionaries Barry Lamb and Peter Ashby of Two Headed Emperor joined forces with the mastermind behind Unfolk, Alessandro Monti, to create a truly unique project in the world of musical improvisation.
Using a groundbreaking approach, each musician created stems that were placed into 25 numbered folders, every folder with its own unique theme but without specific instructions on instrumentation, mood, timbre, texture or structure. From there, they individually created 25 tracks using at least one stem from each musician within each folder, and named them without any further direction from each other. The result is three sets of 25 tracks made from the same ingredients, each with its own identity, but intrinsically connected.
Now, the world gets to experience this unprecedented collaboration with the release of two versions of the album. Two Headed Emperor presents the English version of the album, "We Are Not On The Moon Yet", featuring Peter Ashby's vision of the tracks under Barry Lamb's project direction. Meanwhile, the Italian version of the album is released under the name Alessandro Monti and Two Headed Emperor's. This album is entirely made up of Alessandro's vision of the tracks.
But the collaboration doesn't stop there. Another version of the album is in progress, this time through the lens of Chris Cutler, known for his work with Henry Cow, Art Bears, News from Babel, Pere Ubu, Gong/Mothergong, and The Residents. The project showcases that unity is not uniformity, with each release having its own life but birthed from the same seeds.
"We Are Not On The Moon Yet" is a groundbreaking album that challenges the traditional boundaries of music and brings together three masterful musicians in a unified collaboration. It's a unique statement that gives each project its own identity while highlighting their connection and the artistry of the musicians involved.
"We entertained a number of different ideas about how to present this selection of tracks. There was no easy solution. We ended up with 75 tracks plus a couple of afterthought pieces. If you have been around the world of two Headed Emperor for any length of time you will know that we think of each project in terms of old school vinyl LP or EP length. The shortest set clocked in at a double LP with bonus EP (think Stevie Wonder "Songs In The Key Of Life"), to piece them altogether would cover at least a 4 album boxed set.
We pursued the idea of the best possible 45 minute LP length version and we all felt that to be an impossible task. The 25 tracks each seemed to a follow an interesting sequence despite the randomness in which some of the stems were distributed to the folders. In the end we opted to release two sets of mixes. Pete's collection most closely carried the hallmarks of a Two Headed Emperor album since it was not that far removed to the way we usually work on a project Alessandro's mixes offered a really interesting different perspective and atmosphere and we felt that these two double albums (plus) should be immediately released
My mixes, Chris Cutlers selection and some other remnants from the sessions will appear at a later date."
- Barry Lamb, April 2023
01 Ghost Valley Boots
02 Curvy Birthday Song
03 Village Hall Slideshow
04 A Cascade Of Weightlifters
05 The Creeping Picnic Disaster
06 Sailor Mouth
07 Snake Snack
08 Shining On The Sea
09 No Aim
10 Slow Hysteria Roses
11 Tango Cargo
12 Troubled Man On A Bicycle
13 Hello Lovely
14 Perfect Boss Dance
15 A Handful Of Lizards
16 Nameless Souls
17 Hum Drummer Plumber
18 Magical Minimalist
19 Phantom Man
20 The Tragedy Of Many Man
21 Taken To The Cleaners
22 Up And Down The Elevator
23 Il Fume Sa Pipe
24 Any Questions
25 For The End
01 Padre, Figlio e Spirito Santo
02 La La La Volotron
03 Fai a pezzi la presentazione
04 Cascata di archi
05 Sinfonia dello strano picnic
06 Naviganti delle stelle
07 Snack di serpente
08 Il Sig. Basso Rotto & il tricheco
09 Segreti d'autunno
10 Rose jazzistiche
11 Carico di giocattoli speciali
12 Mai più giri in bici
13 Festival dei burattini tecnologici
14 Il capo e il ribelle
15 Preludio, variazioni e postludio della lucertola
16 Destinazione dell'anima senza nome
17 Abbiamo una perdita
18 Il magico minimalista incontra la donna robot
19 Fantasma in un mondo reale
20 Lettera al Sig. Van Vliet
21 Perdita di possedimenti
22 Pezzo dell'ascensore
23 Dentro la lavatrice
24 Segnali di domanda & risposta
25 Colori uniti del suono organizzato
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Transport yourself from the faded grandeur and last dregs of a forgotten lifeless Victorian seaside town, to the tranquil, glistening waters, the ornate facades and exquisite architecture of Venice's captivating beauty, where time stands still and the heart is bewitched by a timeless elegance. We Are Not On The Moon Yet.