Friday, June 24, 2016

Recording: The Out Louds

Artist: The Out Louds

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at Array Space (The Music Gallery's Departures Series), June 18, 2016.

The Out Louds - [excerpt 1]

The Out Louds - [excerpt 2]

This Music Gallery off-site show brought together three guitar heroes in quite different contexts. Ironically, in the immediate aftermath of MTT's full-on set, one might have concluded that the night's final band was neither the most "out" nor the loudest group of the night. But this trio exchanged pure volume for some interesting new dimensions in sound-bending, many of which were thanks to Mary Halvorson's guitar work, which had a tendency to fold, twist and blip in unexpected ways. That made her an interesting foil to clarinettist Ben Goldberg as they wound their way through drummer Tomas Fujiwara's rhythms. More than the night's other sets, the improvisations here felt like explorations on more formally-prepared ideas, but from pretty ballads to reedy reels this was a rather intriguing ride.

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