TRAVIS DUO: Jarvis Earnshaw & Trevor Dunn – HYPNAGOGIA

Jarvis Earnshaw and Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn mutate jazz into a wholly new and abstract beast on the wonderfully warped Hypnagogia. On this wild record, Trevor Dunn, who has also played with the likes of Fantômas and John Zorn, utilizes a contrabass to create a solid backdrop of springy notes and groaning drones for JarvisContinue reading “TRAVIS DUO: Jarvis Earnshaw & Trevor Dunn – HYPNAGOGIA”

Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet – s/t

If you like your jazz to be mystical, highly atmospheric and transportive, then Luke Stewart and Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet’s self-titled record on No Quarter is the album for you. Recorded in the winter of this year, this record features dense landscapes of unpredictable sounds. The quartet plays as vibrantly and free as possible, utilizing everyContinue reading “Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet – s/t”

Tashi Dorji / Ian McColm / Frank Meadows – The Power of Water

Uncompromising, raw and beyond otherworldly, The Power of Water is without a doubt one of the most essential free improv records of 2021. Tashi Dorji (of Kuzu), Ian McColm (of Heart of The Ghost) and Frank Meadows (of The Library of Babel), are each veterans of the DIY avant-garde and free jazz worlds, but thisContinue reading “Tashi Dorji / Ian McColm / Frank Meadows – The Power of Water”

Barry Walker Jr – Shoulda Zenith

2020 has seen quite a few records that could be described as “cosmic country,” but Barry Walker Jr’s Shoulda Zenith might just be the spaciest and wildest of the bunch. A Tennessee native that is currently based out of Portland, Walker takes free jazz, ambient and interstellar rock, and then translates them through pedal steelContinue reading “Barry Walker Jr – Shoulda Zenith”

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t

What Alice Coltrane is to the jazz world, Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble is to folk music. The Chicagoan group, which features McLaughlin on 12 and 6 string guitars, harmonium and electronics, Joel Styzens on hammered dulcimer, and Jason Toth on upright bass, blend elements of American primitivism with free jazz and modern classical music together into somethingContinue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t”

Mute Duo – Lapse in Passage

Mute Duo is creating some of the most elemental, progressive music today. Lapse in Passage is undeniable proof of that. Hailing from Chicago, Mute Duo (A.K.A. Sam Wagster and Skyler Rowe) create sweeping grand soundscapes with a remarkable combination of pedal steel, piano and percussion. Shades of spiritual jazz, post rock and the bare, broken down essentialsContinue reading “Mute Duo – Lapse in Passage”

Qarafa – Tape 1

Qarafa‘s Tape 1 is a smoldering, moody landscape of hazy, hallucinatory sounds that envelops around you like voracious quicksand. A total bedrock of atmospheric post-rock blended with the shadowy ghost of spiritual jazz.  The band is a supergroup of Toronto’s experimental music scene, as the members have previously been in Ischemic, RETIRED and Horse Lung.Continue reading “Qarafa – Tape 1”