Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brandon Seabrook - Sylphid Vitalizers (New Atlantis, 2014)

Brandon Seabrook is a fascinating musician, one who holds to no genre or container, but can work in any form. But he seems most at home when blending the aspects of many different types of music: fusion in its literal sense, shorn of all the baggage that word has developed in the last forty plus years.This album sees him switching from guitar to banjo, and then taking it into the stratosphere. It's like the music from Deliverance being played by a modern city-dweller who's got a devious mindset and apocalyptic technique. He is ripping through the music throughout, multi-tracking himself into a fantasia of musical bliss along with some pummeling percussion.The album opens with "Ballad of Newfangled Vicissitudes" where he takes loops and multi-tracks himself over and over and then on "Cabeza Spams and Aural Championships" where the music spasms and builds into a thing that is composed of a mixture of different forms or styles. "Mucoidal Woolgathering" is a musical composition with a free form structure but then an often an improvisatory style. I'm stumbling for words to use to explain this music, because it is really different and hard to compare to anything that I've listened to before. This album was really mindblowing, with a overwhelmingly impressive manner and a sense of hallucinatpry wonder It may push beyond your comfort zone, but the trip is definitely worth it. Sylphid Vitalizers -

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