It doesn’t matter if the experimental music is being rendered by electric guitar or banjo, Seabrook uses technology, virtuosity and a deviously fertile mind to blow the minds of anyone who comes across these recordings. ‘Sylphid Vitalizers’ expands the world of what is possible with a banjo. And guitar, too.
As a collection of children’s songs for grown-ups, ‘Business Is Bad’ would be terribly silly if it wasn’t so damned inconspicuously clever. Thankfully, it *is* clever, and marks the return of Karen Mantler after nearly a decade and a half off without skipping a beat.
After all, it could come out differently than what we’d expect or want.
This arrives looking like every bad thing that sends you back to the old records.
‘Solarists’ immediately establishes Haitian Rail as a fearsome battery of inscrutable, noise with terrific give-and-take. And trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s presence assures that they hold up the jazz part of the experimental metal-jazz equation, losing none of their ferocity along the way.
They’ve created an album that’s both emotionally open, and a wonder of intricate control.
A crystalline peak behind the scenes of Steely Dan’s studio gigs.
A mystery-laced tribute to Anne Sexton has lost none of its power, 25 years on.
Dark and intriguing, it left us eager for a second album that, alas, never came.
Together since 2012, the All-Starrs play the Greek in LA tonight – but they’ll be back.