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Arguably (non-jazz) album of the year. Trumpet calls over the falling rain of piano and wash of guitar, the pitter-patter of percussion drifting in from across the room. A slow build of tension that never threatens. An epic quality to the entire album.
Known for his work as half of the jazz/drone duo, I Heart Lung, Schlarb's latest work expands in new directions, incorporating wordless vocal choirs, string quartets and horn sections into his ensemble, which includes Mick Rossi of the Philip Glass Ensemble, Minutemen's Mike Watt, vocalists Julianna Barwick, DM Stith, Joel St. Julien (of ELLUL), Aaron Roche, Kris Tiner, Brian Blade's pedal steel Dave Easley, Weird Weeds percussionist Nick Hennies, Danny Miller and Tabor Allen (Rare Grooves/Widow Babies), bassists Steuart Liebig, C.J. Boyd and horns Anthony Shadduck, Danny T. Levin and David Moyer.
I Can Live Forever If I Slowly Die; Dream State > Police State; Daughters of Ursa Major; White Dove in the Psychic Temple.
C.S. Boyd: upright bass (1); Justice Constantine: acoustic drums (1-4); Danny T. Levin: trombone, cornet (1), , flugelhorn (1, 4), trumpet (3); Danny Miller: electric guitar (1); David Moyer: baritone sax, flugelhorn, cornet (1); Andrew Pompey: acoustic drums (1-4); Chris Schlarb: acoustic & electric guitar (1-4), Moog Taurus pedals (1, 3), clarinet (1,3), tambourine (2), electronics (3), voice (2); DM Stith: voice (1); Kris Tiner: trumpet (1, 4); Tabor Allen: bass drum (2); Dave Easley: pedal steel guitar (2-3); Nick Hennies: vibraphone (2); Steuart Liebig: electric bass, electronics (2); Christopher McCarthy: cello (2-3); Alex Navarro: violin (2-3); Aaron Roche: acoustic guitar (2, 4), voice (2-3); Mick Rossi: acoustic piano (2, 4); Adriana Schlarb: voice (2); Anthony Shadduck: upright bass (2-4); Jill Zor: viola (2-3); Julianna Barwick: voice (3); Mike Briones: trombone (4); Kaitlyn Kissel: flute (4); Joel St. Julien: voice (4); Mike Watt: electric bass (4); Corbin Foster: horns arrangement and conductor.
July 9, 2011
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