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To see more light

January 30, 2013  |  Published in NEW MUSiC

(photo Robert Nethery)

Colin Stetson is one of those artists that, were it not for his recognition by my fellow jurors on the Polaris Music Prize, I wouldn’t have discovered on my own.  His last album landed him on the Polaris short list in 2011, and a permanent spot in my music library.

His sound and style won’t be to everyone’s liking, but if you’ve not yet heard his solo saxophone playing via his circular breathing technique, you are in for a surprise. “High Above a Grey Green Sea” is Stetson playing bass saxophone alone, without overdubs or loops.  His recording technique involves miking everything from his instrument to his fingers, to his chest, to the room he’s playing in, and creating the textures and vibrancy of his performance in real time.

New History Warfare Volume 3: To See More Light, his third full-length album and the final piece of the New History Warfare trilogy, was announced by Constellation Records yesterday, and set to drop on April 30, 2013.  According to the press release announcing the LP, the centerpiece of the record will be the 15-minute long title track,  the longest piece Stetson has recorded yet (remember he’s playing it all live off the floor!), and sure to be absolutely stunning.

Stetson has been a member of Bon Iver for a few years now, and he’s joined by Justin Vernon on New History Warfare Volume 3: To See More Light, who contributes vocals for four of the album’s tracks (the only time there’s any overdubbing on this record).  Again, if you’ve never heard Stetson’s music before, click on the link for “High Above a Grey Green Sea” and experience it for yourself.  Your comments/first impressions would be greatly welcomed.


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