Canadian saxophonist Colin Stetson delivers another breathtaking performance for La Blogotheque, featuring two songs from his latest full-length album, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light. Check a review for the album below:
On Colin Stetson’s latest installment in the New History Warfare series, the Canadian saxophonist displays some tenderness in his incredibly technical solo compositions.
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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.”
Some twisted and eerie visuals coming through on this new music video for Colin Stetson’s “Those Who Didn’t Run,” which is a track from an EP that definitely would have made it into my top-15 EPs of 2011 if I had decided to extend the list out a bit. Still, the album this dude released before that is absolutely killer. Grab Stetson’s music on Constellation Records.
The new Colin Stetson EP, Those Who Didn’t Run, is now available for streaming on Constellation Records’ SoundCloud page. There are two ten-minute tracks on this monster, which is an exercise in attention span that not even Stetson’s last album asked listeners to endure.
Not to make this EP sound like a chore. This dude’s approach to solo saxophone pieces are a mind-boggling treat, and this EP is a raw, uninterrupted listen to that.
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.
The guy’s latest record is New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges. Watch a full review of it here.
Colin Stetson’s latest album redefines the saxophone in an avant-garde context. His drones, motifs, and highly technical sax runs are undeniably gripping and beautiful. Not every piece here may sound completely fleshed out, but the technical ability shown throughout the album is more than enough to distract from that extremely minor problem.
My Brightest Diamond and Laurie Anderson even show up for vocal duty on a good chunk of this album, too; bringing a new depth to the experimental nature of this album.
I guess I have to warn y’all, though. This album is music that’s meant to be observed. It’s nothing to party to, that’s for sure. But while it may not be upbeat or “catchy,” it’s still a really unique experience–even in light of jazz titans like Roland Kirk and Ornette Coleman.