AMN Reviews: Zevious – Lowlands (2018; Nefarious Industries)

New York’s Zevious is back with their fourth full-length album, Lowlands, scheduled for release on August 17. Not unlike on their previous efforts, this guitar / bass / drums instrumental power trio lands somewhere between math rock, prog, and metal, with a few hints of minimalist classical and jazz along the way.

The general approach here is that each track contains several well-defined melodies or riffs, variations of which are explored for some time before moving on. All are in the four-to-nine minute range, giving the group an opportunity to stretch without running any particular theme into the ground. While most of these efforts are up-tempo and rapid fire, Zevious employs doom-laden atmospherics as well.

Guitar Mike Eber combines power chords, speed-picking, and complex melodies. Bassist Johnny DeBlase booms and echoes whether following the leads or providing corresponding harmonies. Jeff Eber plays the drum kit with a dextrous urgency. As just one example of the amalgam of these parts, Sensor Recall begins with a heavy guitar theme accompanied by brutal bass lines. This approach trades off with more aggressive thrash-metal interludes and rapid-fire arpeggiated chords while the drums pound relentlessly.

King Crimson, Sonic Youth, Ruins, late-era Present, and Ahleuchatistas are some good starting points for comparisons. But Zevious is their own animal, and Lowlands is more than worth checking out for that reason alone.

Seattle Scene: July 30 – August 11, 2018

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

SCRAPE!
Mon. July 30, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Scrape is a string orchestra with harp and guitar founded by James Knapp and Eyvind Kang, that functions somewhat like a jazz group. There are solo and ensemble improvisations and the compositions are unique to this group. There is no conductor and rehearsals involve a lot of discussion and exchange of ideas.

THU. 8/9 – Bounty of the Wayside (Nancy Clarke, Jeremy Eaton and Kyle Hanson) perform two sets of improvised music and song + snacks during intermission

FRI. 8/10 – From North India to the Northwest: Classical Hindustani and contemporary western music, with sitarist Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee + pianist Sheila Weidendorf

SAT. 8/11 – Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Doug Theriault (live cut up guitar/electronics) and RM Francis (computer music) for an exciting evening of new electronic music

Ornette Coleman’s The Atlantic Years Reviewed

Source: Uncut.

The arrival of the Ornette Coleman Quartet in New York in the late autumn of 1959 represented one of the pivotal events of 20th century culture, comparable to the première of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring in Paris in 1917 or Elvis Presley’s debut on the Ed Sullivan Show almost 40 years later. And, of course, with a similarly upsetting effect on the old folks. Jazz, barely half a century old, had grown used to an evolutionary process that took the music from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis at a rapid but reasonably smooth clip. With very little warning, Coleman lit a set of booster rockets that fired the music into outer space. Suddenly musicians and observers who had thought of themselves as living on the leading edge of the music could be seen clinging desperately to the tail fins.

DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

Source: DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET.

July 12, 2018
Alternajam, LiteraturHaus, Copenhagen
Henrik Clausen Alexander Dawo Isak Hedtjärn Dré Hočevar Siv Øyunn Kjenstad

July 14, 2018
Shitney Unexpected, 5e, Copenhagen
Katrine Amsler Maria Faust Lasse Munk Andreas Wetterberg Qarin Wikström

July 14, 2018
Laura Toxværd, Peter Friis-Nielsen, Peter Ole Jørgensen, 5e, Copenhagen
Peter Friis-Nielsen Peter Ole Jørgensen Laura Toxværd

July 14, 2018
Ytterlandet, H15, Copenhagen
Håkon Berre Sture Ericson Henrik Olsson

July 14, 2018
Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Søren Kjærgaard, 5e, Copenhagen
Lotte Anker Fred Frith Soren Kjaergaard

July 14, 2018
Korpset, 5e, Copenhagen
Anders Banke Tim Berne Rudi Mahall Joe McPhee Percy Persglove Torben Snekkestad Henrik Walsdorf

July 14, 2018
Emmeluth’s Amoeba, KoncertKirken, Copenhagen
Christian Balvig Karl Bjorå Signe Emmeluth Ole Mofjell

July 14, 2018
Claus Poulsen Solo, Blågårds Plads, Copenhagen
Claus Poulsen

AMN Reviews: Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad: Rooms & Rituals [Grappa GRCD4584]

Rooms & Rituals is a recording of often strange but always beautiful music for electronically modified female voices. The latter belong to the Trondheim Voices, a group of vocalists whose performances integrate wireless sound-sculpting devices developed for them by Asle and Arnvid Lau Karstad. On these twelve tracks the combination of voices and electronics makes for haunting, ethereal sounds that explore the voice in its different manifestations—sung, spoken, yelled, whispered—with and without words. These voices stand alone, are massed into floating chords, call back and forth, and loop themselves into ostinati. And even though some of the pieces seem to balance on the edge of a pure electronic music, there is never a loss of the natural intimacy that’s never more effectively communicated than through the human voice.

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Daniel Barbiero