One of R. Stevie Moore’s occasional releases on an outside label (in this case, the Minnesota-based avant-garde imprint Innova, better known for releases by the likes of Harry Partch and Anthony Braxton), the 2003 compilation Nevertheless Optimistic is closest in style and intent to 1993’s excellent Contact Risk. These 23 songs include many of Moore’s poppiest and most accessible tunes.
Legendary stoner metal outfit Sleep have returned with “The Clarity”, their first official release in over a decade. The California trio’s sprawling, nearly ten-minute track was released as part of this year’s Adult Swim Summer Singles.
Nothing makes me more happy than a new Holy Sons album. Out next month on Thrill Jockey.
"Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multi-instrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, as well as a member of Om and a hired gun for Jandek, to name a few."
Eyvind Kang - Hakem From Alastor: ‘Book of Angels’ Vol. 21 (Tzadik 8316; USA)
World traveler, nomad, mystic and violist, Eyvind Kang has created several of the most wildly creative CDs on Tzadik. Here he turns his hand to 10 tunes from Zorn’s remarkable Book of Angels. Featuring spectacular orchestral arrangements and brilliant studio techniques, Eyvind has put together a CD unlike anything on the Angels series, highlighting the spiritual side of the Angels project, the singular lyricism of Zorn’s compositions and his own richly inventive musical imagination.
Innercity Ensemble‘s II is a study in black and white, but in these improvisations the colors are not always what one might expect. Each entry comes across as a riff on a theme. The contrast yields to synthesis, much in the same way as a yin-yang symbol swirls opposing forces until they seem complimentary. A Closer Listen