Monday, 14 April
"Rhys Chatham has trailblazed a course through late 20th century music, equally knowing in post-minimalist composition as he is in punk. Not since Roebling laid his span across the East River has there been an artist who builds bridges in both how we hear music and how we can appreciate art. His latest album, Outdoor Spell, is a further impressive document thats hard to classify, recording for trumpet and voice, both electrified and dry. "...one of the downtown greats looming larger than the Federal Reserve building." —Pitchfork."
"Rhys Chatham's 'Harmonie Du Soir' presents three compositions. The title track is the first major piece written for the configuration of six electric guitars, electric bass and drums since Die Donnergtter (1986). The second is The Dream of Rhonabwy, a piece written for large brass ensemble and percussion, realized in 2012 by a 70-piece brass band called Harmonie de Pontarlier, lead by the French conductor Patrick Erard. The last track on the CD version and bonus download for the vinyl edition is a 2012 studio performance of Drastic Classicism Revisited featuring Rhys Chatham, David… Read more
Cosmically inclined post-jazz and electroacoustic alchemy from the adventuous multi instrumentalist duo of Rob Mazurek (Starlicker, The Sao Paulo Underground, Exploding Star Orchestra) and Chad Taylor (Marc Ribot Trio, Side A (Ken Vandermark, Havaard Wiik), Digital Primitives)."Developed during 2009 when the duo toured the east and west coasts, most of the material on the record was recorded live with very few overdubs. thematically, Age Of Energy is concerned with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled experiences. Cmputers, keyboards and drum machines pulse alongs… Read more
"Heady and visceral, psychedelic and intensely lucid, Hubble's mesmeric guitar webs are laser-etched incantations to the sublime." - Michael Azerrad. Well, Mr. Azerrad's just about taken the words out of our mouth. This side from Zs guitarist, Ben Greenberg aka Hubble is a wonderful thing to behold; three tracks of de-stabilized, spiralling guitar loops like a Reich-piece gone wonderfully askew and underlined by mystically slow drums and incredible, almost Reese-like bass seeming to open the ground beneath us. Genuinely engaging stuff for more adventurous ears. Recommended!