If Cunieform put their faith in an artist you can be sure it's worth your while checking them out. This is one of the best labels out there with exemplary taste...i've enjoyed their output for years and i'm still exploring their catalogue.Sound trio are a real find.Guitarist Timothy Young did brilliant work with Zony Mash and he translates it here to this wonderful trio...full of invention and zest.Marvellous!
Featuring his volatile and dramatic trio Sand, Sky Bleached is Dylan Ryan’s debut album under his own name, but the insistently exploratory drummer and composer isn’t making a first impression. A bandstand veteran who’s spent the past decade collaborating with an array of galvanizing musicians across a wide array of creative rock, jazz and alternative scenes, he’s probably best known as the catalyst behind the witty and inviting prog-jazz sextet Herculaneum.
Boasting a sonic vision that stretches to the far horizon, Sky Bleached draws on many of Ryan’s varied experiences, but Sand instantly establishes itself as wild and wooly creature in its own right.
Featuring guitarist Tim Young, a versatile player sought out by artists such as Fiona Apple, John Zorn and Beck, and bassist Devin Hoff who’s toured and recorded extensively with the Nels Cline Singers, Xiu Xiu, Good For Cows and Joshua Redman, the Los Angeles-based trio restlessly ranges between moods, textures and styles. For Ryan, the project provided an ideal opportunity for exploring contrasting, even antithetical impulses, juxtaposing introspective odes with aggressive anthems, artfully composed passages and impromptu flights.
"I had the idea to write songs for a jazz band that had elements of Black Sabbath, the Cure, Jaco-era Joni Mitchell, and free jazz. I intentionally made the free playing and the composed sections less compartmentalized. The idea is to have a really great sounding rhythm section that can stretch out and make music spontaneously, and naturally together. Sand is a jazz band, but it reflects the different things I grew up on and listen to; It reflects the fact that I am playing jazz, but that I wasn't born in 1945." – Dylan Ryan.
AtE was like a familiar friend on first listen. On every spin I’m struck: So quickly it wormed into my memory! Even after long absences each twisty, reedy breath still delights, excites; each electric thrum still enervates, resonates. Sweet and sharp, jazzy and jagged, complex yet smooth. Eminently hummable brain dances! And despite my love (preference?) for instrumentals, Glass Cubes slays like Carla Bley meets Der Mann im Fahrstuhl in an absinthe dream. The captivating Susan Clynes! Love it. Dr. "Buzz" Frenzy (Matthew J Hesse)
i must admit now that i collect hendrix covers. his material is SO strong that there are many, and very few really ones. this is one of the best ever. these tracks are hot, and strange, and beautiful, and strong, yet essentially faithful in a colorful way. magical workings! CH