AMN Reviews: Nathan Hubbard ER Quartet – Lattice Trust (2017; Castor&Pollux Music)

San Diego percussionist Nathan Hubbard is back with his second release of 2017, this time teaming up with experienced Southern California session-men G.E. Stinson on electric guitar and electronics, Steuart Liebig on bass and electronics, and Alex Cline on drums. With such a lineup, his ER Quartet is a bonafide supergroup, with accordingly high expectations. Lattice Trust does not disappoint even when considered in this light.

Consisting of three pieces – the 30-minute title track and two 8-minute efforts, Hubbard leads his compatriots through a labyrinthine journey exploring the edges of free improv. The overall sound comes across much bigger than what one would expect from a quartet. Cline provides his frenetic creative-jazz drumming, accentuated by Hubbard on vibes, bells, and samples. Liebig is also in usual form – all over the bass without providing any significantly rhythmic lines. In addition to guitar, Stinson’s electronics supply atmospheric washes. The emphasis is on timbre and texture rather than melody or any particular structure.

But perhaps the most remarkable and enjoyable aspect of the album is how all of this works together. Hubbard, Cline, Liebig, and Stinson play overlapping, disjoint lines in a fashion that almost comes off as four solo efforts being combined.  But this combination makes the overall endeavor exceed that of the individual contributions.

Comparisons are hard to make, though I hear a bit of Krautrock (think Popol Vuh or Ash Ra Tempel), Bill Laswell, and European free music. But these references do not begin to properly characterize the album. While having a distinct 1970’s feel at times, it is nothing less than groundbreaking, modern spontaneous music.

Lattice Trust is busy, dense, and thick. There is a lot going on here, enough for new discoveries across many repeated listens. An easy album of the year candidate.

Mary Halvorson Interview and Village Vanguard Preview

Source: Village Voice.

On July 18, guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson will bring her octet to the Village Vanguard for six nights: twelve performances, two sets a night. It’s a major showcase that will give Halvorson and her band the chance to refine material from their remarkable 2016 album, Away With You, perform new work, and possibly bring themselves into wider view — a “mainstreaming gig,” as one acquaintance put it. This past April, when I sat down with her at a coffee shop in Gowanus, Halvorson had a simpler task in mind. “If you want to reach me, can you just email?” she asked. “If you text, I’m not going to see it. I’m practicing.” When I asked what that entailed, she said, “Playing every day. That’s what I am trying to do this year, get better at the guitar. I want to be able to actualize anything I hear in my head.”

Vital Weekly Reviews 1089

Source: Vital Weekly.

DUBIT – VITRIOL (CD by Backwards) *
MICHAEL PISARO/HAKON STENE & KRISTINE TJØGERSEN – ASLEEP, STREET, PIPES, TONES
(CD by Hubro) *
THE IMMERSIVE PROJECT (CD by Spezialmaterial/Staubgold) *
JEFFREY RODEN – THREADS OF A PRAYER VOLUME 2 (2CD by Solaire Records) *
ZEITKRATZER & ELLIOTT SHARP – ONEIRIKA (CD by Zeitkratzer) *
ZEITKRATZER/SVETLANA SPAJIC/DRAGANA TOMIC.OBRAD MILIC – SERBIAN WAR SONGS
(CD by Zeitkratzer) *
FOVEA HEX – THE SALT GARDEN II (10″/CDEP by Die Stadt/Headphone Dust) *
CAKEWALK – ISHIHARA (CD by Hubro)
STEPHAN MEIDELL – METRICS (CD by Hubro)
VAN BINSBERGEN PLAYSTATION – TALES WITHOUT WORDS (CD by Brokken Records)
AREK GULBENKOGLU – THREE DAYS AFTERWARDS (LP by Penultimate Press)
COSTIS DRYGIANAKIS/LAMBROS ZAFEIROPOULOS – κ/λ (LP by Hxoi Kato Apo To Spiti)
JONI ATARI – PUSARA DIGITAL (CDR by Gempita Rekod) *
AMBASCE – MAGNETIC DOMAIN (CDR by Love Earth Music) *
LDX#40 – STRUGGLING (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
RE-DRUM & LIMITED LIABILITY SOUNDS & EMERGE (cassette by Attenuation Circuit)
KH’LULU – SHORT LETTERS FOR A LONG SEPARATION (cassette by Attenuation Circuit) *
I’VE SEEN DEMONS (cassette by Attenuation Circuit)
DAN OF EARTH – THANK YOU FOR THE PICKLES- LU (C20 by FTAM)
THE RITA + BREAKING THE WILL + FLESH TRADE + WRITHE
X MEANS NOT WELCOME, VOL. II (2 x C20 by FTAM)

Avant Scena Reviews

Paal Nilssen-Love

Source: Avant Scena.

Nate Wooley – “KNKNIGHGH (MINIMAL POETRY FOR ARAM SAROYAN)” (Clean Feed, 2017)

Eric Revis – “Sing Me Some Cry” (Clean Feed, 2017)

Connie Crothers​/​Virg Dzurinko – “Two​-​Piano Quintet” (MINUS ZERO, 2017)

Peter Brötzmann, Steve Swell, Paal Nilssen-Love – “Live In Tel Aviv” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

Uwe Oberg/Cristof Thewes/Michael Griener – “Lacy Pool__2 ” (Leo Records, 2017)

Interview with Northumbria

Source: ATTN:Magazine.

With every release, the music of Toronto duo Northumbria pushes further outward. The scale of their panorama increases, manipulating the tones of guitar and bass in a manner that not only considers breadth, but also mimics the undulation and fracture of natural landscape. Drones intersect to form glacier tips. Harmonies microtonally melt into the sea. The band are currently working on a trilogy of releases focused on the Norse discovery of Canada over a thousand years ago; the second of these releases, titled Markland, came out on Cryo Chamber back in March this year. Below, Northumbria and I discuss tuning the room, strict minimalism, and the band’s technological evolution.