I’m Here is the debut release from Clebs, the preternatural duo of Swiss vocalist Emilie Weibel and Atlanta-bred producer/drummer Jason Nazary. Elements of the contemporary found in Nazary’s production, embellished by Weibel’s unique polyrhythmic phrasing, filter through the lens of the non-human, forming Clebs’ uncanny & often spiritual musical vocabulary.
Informed by emergency and the ensued paranoia of world catastrophes, the title track presents a narrative of an immigrant’s endeavor, the separation anxiety of loved ones & a constant sense of urgency. Opener “Homemade Bread” showcases Weibel’s eclectic approach through the use of loosely constructed language paired with extensive vocal looping and manipulation to paranormal result. “Light Playing” culminates the album with an anthem for interdimensional travelling inspired by the novella The Turn of The Screw. Led by Weibel’s supernatural mantra, the song disintegrates into a frantic amalgam with the addition of Nazary’s drumming interplayed with electronic textures. Here, laughter and electronically processed ramblings blur the lines of composition & improvisation, revealing the group’s more playful side.
Clebs was born from a shared interest in improvisation and off-kilter club music, and I’m Here casts a new light on the distinct styles of its collaborators. Weibel has spent her time in New York honing her skills as a vocalist, mentored by acclaimed modern jazz vocalist Sara Serpa as well as performing with Shelley Hirsch, Adam Rudolph, and JASS alumni Ari Finkel. With Clebs, she expands her technique beyond the experimental jazz scene, which she has explored with her solo alias oMoO. Over the last 13 years,, Nazary has had his hands in a plethora of projects, performing with Olga Bell, Bear in Heaven, Empyrean Atlas, and others including his solo compositions as So Ghost. From his production work on Bell’s early releases to his more recent efforts recording drums for Helado Negro, his well-rounded talent has made Nazary an in-demand contributor in New York’s experimental circles.
Haunting interruptions & dynamic transformation buoyed by a thorough melodicism forms the bedrock of Clebs’ sound, and I’m Here utilizes this duality to extraterrestrial effect. I‘m Here will be released via JASS in limited cassette, CD, and digital formats on May 25th, 2018.