Norweigian label Pica Disk is about to release a box set documenting the work of Argentinian cult group Reynols. Formed in 1993 in Buenos Aires, the free rock trio consisted of Roberto Conlazo, Alan Courtis, and Miguel Tomasín, a drummer with Down's Syndrome. The release is called "Minecxio Emanations 1993-2018" and contains 52 audio tracks (mostly previously unreleased), 90 minutes of video and extensive liner notes and visuals.
Reynols started in 1993 in Buenos Aires and is famous amongst many things for its unique Down's syndrome drummer/vocalist Miguel Tomasín, who is the band's spiritual architect. The band is considered highly influential since it has inspired inclusive projects all around the globe.
Sometimes referred to as "The Weirdest Band in the World" (https://weirdestbandintheworld.com/2015/04/26/weird-band-of-the-week-reynols/), Reynols is also known for its musical diversity, which spans everything from cosmic free rock and lo-fi drone electronic music, to conceptual sound art and social/political/esoteric observations. The world of Reynols is a universe completely of its own, and inhabits so much that even an extensive box like this only scratches the surface. Although Reynols have worked with an open-process DIY philosophy and been subject to multiple documentaries the band has still managed to sustain an element of mystery, so the release of "Minecxio Emanations 1993-2018" marks the first time the band has allowed an extensive overview of their work to be made.
Fans of the band will also be happy to learn that most of the material is previously unreleased,including two albums from the early 2000s that were completed but never released; the earliest recordings from 1993; collaborations with artists Acid Mother's Temple and Pauline Oliveros; conceptual pieces; and more. There's also a DVD with previously unreleased videos.
A 3000 word new piece by Marc Masters which covers the history, culled from new interviews with Anla Courtis, Roberto Conlazo and Miguel Tomasín. Also included are shorter text/appreciations by Lasse Marhaug, Oren Ambarchi, Sindre Bjerga, Sixto Fernando, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, C. Spencer Yeh, John Olson and others.
A full booklet of photos, artwork, press clippings, quotes, flyers and posters. Most of this material have not been published before.
7 x Discs:
Early recordings from the birth of Reynols in 1993-94 [featuring early member Christian Dergarabedian], some material from small edition cassettes, some previous unreleased.
An album made in 2001-2003, but never released.
A selection of the "Jaz Ronco Japi Javas" sessions from 2001-2002, only previously available as very limited CDRs.
A disc of Reynols conceptual pieces, including performances at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, NASA in Houston, the Atomium in Brussels, outtakes from the 10.000 Chickens Symphony and from public street protests in Buenos Aires during the December 2001 crisis. All previously unreleased.
Another previously unreleased album from 2000-2001.
A collection of collaborations with artists like Dr.Socolinsky, Pauline Oliveros, Nelson Gastaldi, Jazzy Mel and Acid Mothers Temple. Recorded between 1998 and 2018. Previously unreleased.
A 90 minute collage of live performances and other videos that offer a rare portal to the world of Reynols.
"Long may they confuse" - John Olson (Wolf Eyes)
"I know Reynols indeed: they are among the most experimental and wild people I've heard" - Thurston Moore
"Reynols is a super band to me. Someday, I wanna fly to Mars with Anla, Rob and Miguel all together. Let's do asado there." - Mitsuru Tabata (Zeni Geva, Acid Mothers Temple, Boredoms)
"One of the most bizarre musical/social units to function. Ever" - Muckraker Magazine
"The Reynols frontier is, in terms of sheer sonic, aesthetic, and conceptual creativity, an infinite expanse. It doesn't break out of barriers so much as it evaporates them. It's not that the rules don't apply in Reynols music. It's that nothing applies. The sound is itself, and everything else." - Marc Masters, from the liner notes of the box
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