Luke Stewart “Works For Electric Bass Guitar”

There’s not much out there like Luke Stewart’s solo works for electric bass. This new joint for Tripticks Tapes (who are having an unbelievalbe run right now) is a one-take, surprisingly meditative excursion where the technique develops a range of alien sonics that, at times, barely sound like bass at all.  Not everything on Works For Electic Bass Guitar is pensive, sometimes it downright cryptic. … Continue reading Luke Stewart “Works For Electric Bass Guitar”

fluke-mogul / Liberatore / Mattrey / Mendoza “Death In the Gilded Age”

When it comes to dream teams of improvisers, there’s honestly about a million different combinations that would qualify. That said, this quartet of gabby fluke-mogul, Matteo Liberatore, Joanna Mattrey, and Ava Mendoza is right near the top of any list. Death In the Gilded Age is like looking through backward through time with a rusted-out kaleidoscope and realizing there’s a thousand different angles to see. … Continue reading fluke-mogul / Liberatore / Mattrey / Mendoza “Death In the Gilded Age”

Forbes Graham and the Perception of Sound

Multidisciplinary artist Forbes Graham works across mediums, exploring ideas of simultaneity, perceptibility, transformation, and collage. He often works with trumpet and electronics to create thought-provoking works that challenge listeners to dig deeper. Albums like Lagos Playground and Neighborhoods of x, y, z utilize sound collage and field recordings to build unique listening environments where expectations get subverted and possibilities seem endless. These pieces often have a narrative aspect to … Continue reading Forbes Graham and the Perception of Sound

Graham / Hobbs / Nakatani / Shen “Scar’s the Limit”

Sometimes, the moment you see the line-up on an album, you know it will rearrange your brain will. With Scar’s the Limit, from the ground shaking quartet of Forbes Graham, Jim Hobbs, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Victoria Shen, the opening howl and skitter of “Scintillation Field” let you know what’s up.  Nakatani’s scratching, clanging percussion sounds like a car crash underwater; metallic fragments shoot in every … Continue reading Graham / Hobbs / Nakatani / Shen “Scar’s the Limit”