AMN Reviews: SUSS – High Line (2019; Northern Spy Records)

SUSS exists in their own self-made category – instrumental desert ambient crossed with country / western. High Line is their follow-up to last year’s Ghost Box, and explores the same general territory. Acoustic and steel guitars combine with harmonica, mandolin, and bits of bass, percussion, and processing. Slow themes that evoke sparse, windswept landscapes are prevalent throughout the album’s 12 tracks, all in the 2-5 minute range.

Picked and strummed guitar chords accompany gentle drones that evolve at a relaxed place. SUSS is no hurry to get anywhere in particular – their emphasis is on the natural beauty and process of the journey, not the goal of the destination. As such, the pieces on High Line are not tunes per se. The melodies are subtle, perhaps moody, and accompanied by echoing and twangs that serve as effects to accentuate the layers of ambiance.

Last year I referred to Ghost Box as an imagined collaboration between Brian Eno and Ennio Morricone, and I will stand by those words for High Line. Not overtly outside, SUSS manages to be both innovative and compelling in an effortless fashion. If you enjoyed Ghost Box, don’t hesitate to try this one.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

The Big YES! – “The Big YES!” (Nakama Records, 2019)

Tim Daisy’s Vox 4 – “Roman Poems” (Relay Recordings, 2019)

Daniel Thompson/Alex Ward – “Up Toward The Floor” (Copepod Records, 2019)

Philipp Gropper’s Philm – “Consequences” (WhyPlayJazz, 2019)

Shiroishi / Golia / Fujioka / Cline – “Borasisi” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

Neuser/Quebrada – “Toxicodendron radicans” (Creative Sources, 2019)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1197

Source: Vital Weekly.

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – ANGEL IN THE DETAIL (CD by Metropolis) *
DRONAL – INTERNAL MOTION (CD by Supple9) *
COOPER MOORE SESSIONS (3CD by Split Rock Records)
TONUS – SEGMENT TONES (CD by A New Wave Of Jazz) *
SERRIES & VANDERSTRATEN & VERHOEVEN – IMPETUS (CD by A New Wave Of Jazz) *
ASMUS TIETCHENS & DIRK SERRIES – AIR (CD by A New Wave Of Jazz) *
KEITH BERRY – VIABLE SYSTEMS 2 (CD by VSM Theory) *
NENNE – UNDERWATER DISCO (CD by Gotta Let It Out) *
KRISTIAN TONGVIK – NULLPLUSS (CDR by Gotta Let It Out) *
WARMBLADDER – 8 (CD by Gotta Let It Out) *
WARMBLADDER – CUNK (cassette by Gotta Let It Out)
CLAUSTROPHONE – #1 (cassette by Gotta Let It Out)
AROVANE & MIKE LAZAREV – AEON (CDR by Eilean Rec.) *
MICHEAEL CUTTING – LUFT (CDR by Eilean Rec.) *
KLINIKUM – COLLAPSED (cassette, private) *
MARIE ROSE SARRI & PHILIPPE LAMY – ACTE DE FOI (cassette by Hemisphäreの空虚) *
MATTHEW ATKINS – SPECTRAL TERRACE (cassette by Hemisphäreの空虚) *
CARLO GIUSTINI & BANISHED PILLS – BILOCAZIONI (cassette by Hemisphär *eの空虚) *
MATTHEW REVERT – THE INPATIENT (cassette by Round Bale Recordings) *
PRIVATE ANARCHY – CENTRAL PLANNING (LP by Round Bale Recordings) *
GATEWAY – SUMMED-UP-SOUNDS IN PROCESS (cassette by Round Bale Recordings) *

Tony Levin Interview

Source: CBS San Francisco. Also contains a decent overview of King Crimson.

Longtime Crimson stalwart Tony Levin recently answered a series of questions for CBS SF ahead of the band’s return engagement at Oakland’s Fox Theater this week. While he has been busy with King Crimson dates this year, the busy bassist has still found time to tour with a number of his own projects including his more jazz-oriented group the Levin Brothers with his piano-playing sibling Pete Levin and his progressive-minded band Stick Men with Mastelatto and fellow Chapman Stick player Markus Reuter.

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Tuesday, Sept 10: Ryosuke Kiyasu, Kirsten Carey (solo)
Drummer Ryosuke Kiyasu started his career in the mid-90s. Since 2012, he has been the drummer of both FUSHITSUSHA and leader Keiji Haino’s solo project. After his early career playing in experimental groups in Japan, he moved to Canada in 2003 to gain new experiences as a drummer; there he began to play solo with snare drums, performing mainly at a local jazz bar. Also, while living in Canada, he started hardcore band THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE. Returning to Japan in 2004, he started grind-core band SETE STAR SEPT and free jazz band KIYASU ORCHESTRA, Kiyasu continues to release a variety of works and tour the world at a steady pace. Detroit guitarist Kirsten Carey makes a rare appearance as a soloist. An adventurous player with big ears, she’ll bring something individual to the spare format to get the evening rolling.
Doors at 8pm; $8.

Wednesday Sept. 11: Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger), Shells
One of our most anticipated shows of the year! Les Filles de Illighahad is a female-fronted guitar bands from the Sahel region of Sub-Saharan Africa. Fatou Seidi Ghali is a pioneer of guitar in West Africa. She lives in Illighadad, a small scrubland village in the desert country of Central Niger, located outside of the Tahoua region—and she is one of only two known Tuareg women guitarists in Niger. Her cousin, Alamnou Akrouni, is lead vocalist in the group and together they have been redefining the type of music played by women in West Africa. The debut LP stands-out even among the excellent roster of the Sahel Sounds record label and we are honored to be part of Les Filles’ first American tour.  Shells opens the show with her always compelling set of ambient guitar music. Doors at 8 pm; $15.

Thursday, Sept 12: New Music Detroit’s Strange and Beautiful Muisc- Night One
This annual festival by one of Detroit’s leading New Music Ensembles is a three night affair, kicking off at Trinosophes, with Detroit Institute of Arts and The Cube @The Max Fisher presenting the subsequent nights. At Trinosophes, the focus is on electro-acoustic ensembles.

Delving Into Consciousness: Hamid Drake’s Favourite Music

Source: The Quietus.

Born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1955, Hamid Drake is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest percussionists working in jazz and improvised music today. Drake’s style is a blend of elements from wildly diverse cultural and genre backgrounds. He has played with many of the leading names in jazz, including Don Cherry, Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp, David Murray and Peter Brötzmann. He has appeared in numerous line-ups and on countless recordings with the great double bassist, composer and poet, William Parker. Along with the likes of Steve Noble and the Dutch free-jazz colossus Han Bennink, Drake is a drummer that I’ve heard more than one fellow Cafe Oto attendee refer to as a personal favourite. I took the opportunity to talk to him during the excellent recent Parker/Drake Oto two-day residency, and we discussed some of the recordings and personalities that have influenced him on his own musical and spiritual path. It becomes clear from the onset that the erudite and personable Drake is going to have difficulty sticking to a mere 13. “There are a lot of things I could choose,” Drake begins. “Bernard Pretty, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Creedence Clearwater, the Band. I could talk about all of those. All of those things have had an influence on me, so 13 is like!? I mean, we could talk about 50 recordings.”