Saxophone avant-gardist Colin Stetson is gearing up to release a new full-length this April through Constellation, and it’s no surprise that the title is New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light. This Warfare series is really growing to become modern music’s most interesting exploration of horn music, and this next LP should be an interesting installment due to some contributions from Justin Vernon and what’s going to be Stetson’s longest song to date–according to CoS.
Stream the first track to drop from this new LP via the widget above, “High Above A Grey Green Sea.”
Stream: Swans- The Seer
Slowly but surely, the practically unclassifiable art rock titans Swans have unleashed tracks from their new album The Seer. Last month, they dropped an edited version of “The Apostate,” which appears on The Seer in its complete, 23-minute duration, and last week they released another gargantuan track, the 12-minute “Mother Of The World,” via NPR. As of today, the new album is officially available to stream, again thanks to NPR, in its entire 2-hour glory. Listening to this album is no small feat, but as somebody who has had difficulty getting into Swans in the past, I can attest that The Seer is surprisingly inviting for such a leviathan of a record. Frontman Michael Gira–a man whose boundless ability to reinvent himself and stay relevant makes people half his age look bad–remains in a creative class of his own on this record, although he does get some help. Guest contributors include Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, on “Song For the Warrior,” and Low’s Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk on the stunning opening track “Lunacy,” perhaps my favorite track from the album.
The Seer will be streaming on NPR until its August 28th release date. Pre-order it now from Young God Records.
On her debut EP, singer-songwriter and experimentalist Izes brings an eerie atmosphere; plus, she backs it up with elements of improvisational drums and trumpet on the track streaming above, “No Future.” The song builds really evenly, and grows into its eventual chaos in a kinda beautiful way.
I wasn’t loving with every moment from her new EP, but this one definitely stuck out.
I’ve seen saxophonist Colin Stetson live twice this year. I’ve bought his new album, I’ve reviewed it very positively, and I post about him an awful lot. Am I a fanboy yet?
Seems the guy will be dropping a new EP on October fourth via Constellation Records.
The release will feature two new tracks that will last ten minutes each. Of course, they’re recorded and performed in the same single-take, multi-microphone fashion that songs on New History Warfare Vol. 2 were.
There’s an excerpt of the track “Those Who Didn’t Run” above.
I’ve blogged about this project again and again. And honestly, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it. The aggression of Death Grips is attempted by many, but only achieved by a few. Clearly, the primary influence in this project is hip hop music, but it’s incredibly heavy on the noise, weird effects, and volume. The abstract and surreal lyrics in some of these tracks is a whole ‘nother can of worm’s, too.
Just experience the whole LP for yourself via the stream below or a download here: