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True Live Found Lost
True Live - Found Lost
(CD/Digital) Sakifo Records/Wagram, 2011-03-07

True Live are a truly unique entity. Since their very first performance in 2005, they have defied categorisation and belonged to a genre all of their own. With each of the band's six prodigal members bringing their own set of influences to the table, the outcome is something unlike anything you're accustomed to hearing. Formed from a selected group of musicians from Melbourne's rich improv scene by leader / frontman / producer RHyNO, with the assistance of older, wiser musicians - the young upstart managed to score himself the hands down finest selection of players from some of the more eclectic realms of musical taste. The collective includes late period Miles / Coltrane head with a love for Madlib and Justice, Thai Matus (keyboards) and obsessive bebop violinist Tamil Rogeon. Then there's hip-hop trad jazz DJ / double bassist Tom Tom, rare groove funk drummer Choi (Cookin' On 3 Burners) and heir to the Blake string linage (3 generations deep of string players) and Nitin Sawney collaborator, Tim Blake.

True Live Found Lost
True Live - Found Lost
(CD/Digital) Sakifo Records/Wagram, 2011-03-07

Tracklisting :
01. Raise Up
02. Man Man
03. Something To Be
04. Look To The Skies
05. Got To Go, Got To Take Me
06. Best Thing Man
07. Got Your Back
08. Somewhere I Can Go
09. Damn Right
10. Know If I Knew
11. Need To Be Now
12. Things Have Changed

Links :
truelivemusic.com
truelivemusic.tumblr.com
sakifo.com/2011
facebook.com/trueliveofficial
facebook.com/sakiforecords
myspace.com/truelive
twitter.com/truelive
twitter.com/sakifo
Promo France : iwelcom.tv/truelive.htm


True Live - Something to Be

Press Release (English) :
True Live are a truly unique entity. Since their very first performance in 2005, they have defied categorisation and belonged to a genre all of their own. With each of the band's six prodigal members bringing their own set of influences to the table, the outcome is something unlike anything you're accustomed to hearing.

Formed from a selected group of musicians from Melbourne's rich improv scene by leader / frontman / producer RHyNO, with the assistance of older, wiser musicians - the young upstart managed to score himself the hands down finest selection of players from some of the more eclectic realms of musical taste. The collective includes late period Miles / Coltrane head with a love for Madlib and Justice, Thai Matus (keyboards) and obsessive bebop violinist Tamil Rogeon. Then there's hip-hop trad jazz DJ / double bassist Tom Tom, rare groove funk drummer Choi and heir to the Blake string linage (3 generations deep of string players) and Nitin Sawney collaborator, Tim Blake.

True Live began gigging around their hometown of Melbourne regularly playing at local haunts like The Evelyn and Revolver. They very quickly garnered a cult following in Melbourne's live circuit as word spread of their phenomenal energy on stage. They took their show on the road time and time again, selling out gigs nationwide off the back of word of mouth alone. True Live had become the band that you absolutely needed to see. Demand reached boiling point for some recorded material, so later in the year of their formation, they issued their debut release, the highly exalted Mintons EP. The EP's first single, Question This, was an undeniable success, gathering rotation from Triple J and video clip plays on Rage, Channel V and Video Hits.

The group's long awaited debut album, The Shape of It, produced independently by band leader / producer RHyNO was released in late 2006 to rave reviews, and suddenly the underground's favourite sons had officially been born into the public eye. The album saw the group craft songs of stunning lyrical and instrumental beauty, whilst at the same time develop their own patented universal sounding vibe. This combined to ensure The Shape of It was to gain incredible critical acclaim across the board. ("...charting the changing face of hip hop,,," - Rolling Stone, "...mind expanding..." - ACCLAIM Magazine, "Bold, brilliant and truly live..." - The Age). The album's lead single, TV, was smashed on community radio across the country and also saw unpredicted support from major TV and radio networks and, ironically, some unexpected soundtrack placements on TV itself. The LP, which most industry folk had expected to sell modestly, did remarkably well off limited promotion, and not surprisingly, so did their following nationwide tours.

True Live released their new album 'Found Lost' on April 10th 2009 to glowing reviews.

While some bands may prefer to specialise in one sound or cater to an existing audience, True Live are bona fide musical ambition personified. And the result speaks for itself.

"Just stick it on and press play." 4/5 - The Age
"You could call this hip hop even jazz rap, but I'd prefer to label it art-hop." 4/5 - J Mag
"True Live present a tight and accomplished set that fully synthesises their many musical strands from street, jazz and classical realms. In a word: Epic." 4/5 - Herald Sun
"Found Lost will undoubtedly attract many new fans to this innovative Australian band. Truly they deserve an international audience." - TheDwarf
"The Melbourne hip hop band set the bar high in 2006 with The Shape of It, and have blasted right past it with Found Lost." - South Coast Register

Press Release (French) :
True Live, dernière sensation venue d'Australie, mêle le groove syncopé du hip hop à une classieuse section de cordes. Bientôt sur Sakifo Records.


A les voir débouler sur scène, classieux dans leurs costumes, section de cordes en avant, on s'imaginerait presque avoir affaire à des cousins éloignés des Tindersticks. Et ce n'est pas si faux, vu l'atmosphère installée rapidement par True Live - mais il s'agirait alors de cousins ayant tout compris au groove du hip hop comme aux joies des longues improvisations jazz dans les clubs enfumés dédiés à la Blue Note. En affichant en sus très clairement leur passion pour les crooners de la soul façon Al Green ou Otis Redding, les citant en live à l'occasion, ces australiens-là intriguent et fascinent instantanément.
True Live, donc, vient de Melbourne, Australie ; un groupe formé en 2005 par Ryan Ritchie, aka RHyNO. Le leader et chanteur charismatique du gang a convié quelques virtuoses à le rejoindre pour donner cette saveur si particulière au son du groupe, unique et fastueux : violon, violoncelle et contrebasse trouvent ici leur place au cœur du beat hip hop avec un naturel déconcertant. Tous issus de la crème des musiciens de jazz et de classique en Australie, ils se sont réunis au sein de True Live pour briser les carcans.

RHyNO est le chanteur, le rappeur, mais aussi le principal compositeur et l'arrangeur du groupe. Tamil Rogeon le violoniste, a aussi enregistré avec The Bamboos. Thai Matus assure les claviers. Tim Blake le violoncelliste est un collaborateur de l'excellent Nitin Sawney. Tom Butt le contrebassiste, passionné de sono mondiale, de house music, est également un DJ réputé. Enfin, Ivan Khatchoyan à la batterie, amateur de funk, rejoint la bande pour les tournées.

Quelques concerts dans les bars pour façonner puis imposer leur style, et voilà True Live signant fin 2005 un premier mini album, Mintons, sur le label Shock Records. Succès d'estime, la vidéo tourne à la TV et les critiques s'y intéressent. Mais ça reste une percée underground. Durant les deux années suivantes, le groupe multiplie les concerts, cette fois pour des festivals, des premières parties, croisant la route de Roots Manuva, DJ Shadow, The Roots ou De La Soul - autant d'artistes dont l'influence se fait sentir, par leur approche personnelle et stylisée du hip hop, loin des clichés parfois développés par ce style. Des influences qui lorgnent aussi vers Madlib, les derniers disques de Miles Davis ou les expérimentations de Portishead et des dancefloors métissés de Londres.

Suite logique en octobre 2006 : The Shape of It, premier véritable album, produit en indépendant par RHyNO. Un titre attire l'attention, TV, qui fait un carton : "One day, we might be on TV, we might be on television, we might be on TV... Till then, let's just jump around !"

True Live devient le groupe qu'il faut absolument avoir vu en concert. Les publicitaires et les séries TV se penchent sur leur cas. La beauté du son, la personnalité forte des membres du groupe, font de True Live une valeur sûre et le bouche à oreilles se propage doucement à l'étranger, à commencer par le Japon.S'ensuit en avril 2009 Found Lost, second opus paru sur le réputé label Illusive Sounds, qui entérine leur succès. C'est à cette époque que Jérôme Galabert les découvre au final d'un festival australien, et les booke immédiatement pour l'édition 2010 de son propre festival Sakifo à La Réunion, où ils font un carton. Essai transformé par une signature sur le label Sakifo Records, qui s'apprête à sortir en Europe Found Lost, agrémenté de quelques bonus, dont un duo avec le truculent Féfé...

Comme pour les sud-africains de Tumi & the Volume, La Réunion risque fort de devenir leur rampe de lancement vers le monde : True Live ne laisse personne indifférent.

Sébastien Broquet
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