Mini review: NEW HISTORY WARFARE VOL. 3: TO SEE MORE LIGHT by Colin Stetson

Mini review: NEW HISTORY WARFARE VOL. 3: TO SEE MORE LIGHT by Colin Stetson

The third part of the trilogy, sometimes angelic, sometimes metal brutal.
 
 
 
Colin Stetson is a unique saxophonist, using circular breathing to create endless sound loops and, with the added plethora of microphones, records all facets of his playing, the clattering of the treble keys, the bass thumps of the lower register keys, his breathing, and his moaning singing. Spectacular stuff.
 
He’s been really busy in the last years, playing solo shows and also touring as a member of Bon Iver, whose leader Justin Vernonis featured prominently on the third part of this solo trilogy, especially n „Brute“ where he uses the cookie monster death metal voice to add to to Colin’s system challenging bass riffs.
 
I have listened to all four sides a few times and take repeated great pleasure in this extravagant soundscape. It differs from the first two volumes in that vocals from other singers are added, which grounds his otherwise very ethereal and disembodied soundscaping… it could have gone awfully wrong, but here is just works.
 
Highly recommended. Give it a listen, then buy the gorgeous vinyl.
 
 
 
I will review his other recent work, Sorrow – A Reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony very soon. I can already say it is a superb modern interpretation of Gorecki’s work.
 

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