Magnetoception

by Joshua Abrams

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2LP vinyl edition pressed on premium quality audiophile vinyl by RTI & presented in a heavyweight stoughton 'laserdisc' gatefold sleeve available from eremite.com

on magnetoception joshua abrams is back exploring new contexts for the guimbri, the three-stringed north african bass lute at the heart of his eremite recordings natural information & represencing. the artist's first large scale work on vinyl, magnetoception began as a commission by eremite for abrams to make a double LP based in extended performances by an ensemble of abrams, guitarists emmett kelly & jeff parker, & drummer hamid drake. the group recorded the nucleus of magnetoception live to two track, circled around vintage neumanns & a woodstove in a berwyn, illinois attic february 2013. over the next year at his chicago studio, parlor one, abrams added solo pieces for harp & clarinet, along with lisa alvarado’s harmonium, ben boye’s autoharp & percussion embellishments by drake.

abrams's compositions are a fascinating nexus of ideas from non-western traditional musics, minimalism & jazz designed to catalyze his musicians toward a single group-mind organism of sound. on his 2012 album represencing abrams presented his music in capsule-length pieces realized by duo & trio groupings drawn from a pool of a dozen musicians. magnetoception presents one ensemble methodically unfolding his compositions over longer durations. the performances intricately layer rhythm, melody & drone into sonic textiles of extraordinary expressive breadth, by turns dense or spacious, repetitive or indeterminate, clattering or placid.

in addition to his masterful contributions on trap kit, tabla, conga & frame drums, hamid drake acts as a direct link to the visionary music of don cherry, one of abrams's essential artistic models.

magnetoception is the fullest measure yet of joshua abrams's sound world. it sounds like no other music being made today.

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released March 8, 2017

Abrams: guimbri, bass, celeste, clarinet, small harp, bells
Hamid Drake: frame drum, tabla, conga, trap kit
Emmett Kelly: electric guitar
Jeff Parker: electric guitar
Lisa Alvarado: harmonium
Ben Boye: chromatic electric autoharp
recorded February 2013 Attica Studios, Berwyn, IL & 2013>14 Parlor One, Chicago
producers: Michael Ehlers & Abrams
engineers: James Bond & Abrams
paintings: Lisa Alvarado

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