Wednesday, January 15, 2014

John Paul Jones' duo Minibus Pimps readies album for March 3 release; Cloud to Ground pairs him with Helge Sten

Source: Fact Magazine
A duo project featuring John Paul Jones is ready to release an album. Jones's partner in the project Minibus Pimps is Helge Sten, a composer and performer of ambient music. The album is due March 3 with the title Cloud to Ground.

"The music is highly avant garde electronic music," advises an announcement by the label SusannaSonata.

Sten worked as a solo artist under the moniker Deathprod and as a member of Supersilent. Jones jammed with Supersilent in live settings part of each year between 2011 and 2013. On other occasions over the same years, Sten and Jones also performed as a duo, using the name Minibus Pimps. Live clips follow after the jump.

Jones, aside from his live work with these acts, and an upcoming opera, most recently appeared on the two most recent studio albums by Seasick Steve: 2013's international release Hubcap Music and the UK-only 2011 release You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks. Prior to this, in 2009, Jones surprised everyone by releasing an album and touring extensively with the high-profile studio trio/live quartet Them Crooked Vultures.

For more insight on Sten's past work, try this Spotify playlist.

For more insight on Jones's thoughts on composing, try this Youtube video from an event last year in Sweden.

Minibus Pimps debuted at the Punkt Festival in 2011...

Jones and Supersilent jammed at Moldejazz 2011 ...

... and went on tour in 2012, including in Barcelona ...

Part of the Minibus Pimps onstage two-man collaboration last year in Oslo, Norway, is shown here.

Jones and Sten already have another collaboration available to the public. The two provided some of the instrumental backing to this cut by Susanna, the actual namesake of the record label releasing Cloud to Ground on March 3. The name of this song is "We Offer," and it was recorded Aug. 9, 2013.

A second track of Susanna's featuring Jones and Sten is titled "For You." Currently, it is available exclusively on WiMP, a music streaming service currently available in only five countries (Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden). However, after a six-month period expires, it is set to become available on other music streaming services.

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