Colin Stetson makes the solo sax so interesting that you can’t tear yourself away. Stetson now resides in Montreal, QC, and performs using assorted saxophones, clarinets, cornet, french horn and flute. He has a new record out on Constellation called NEW HISTORY WARFARE VOL. 2: JUDGES. This man makes the saxophone sound at time like a synthesizer, at others like an affected human voice, and still at others like a mysterious thing that a saxophone should not sound like. His playing captures ancient and modern sounds simultaneously somehow. This is timeless playing. Haunting drones and skronk. Stetson is mesmerizing on this record, whether it be through his hypnotizing riffs, flurries of fluttering tones, strange and creeping melodies, or cadences of notes seemingly designed for calling forth a beast of some kind. The 2nd track off this new record comes at you with a kraut style beat created solely from the sound of the saxophone’s pads and Stetson’s hypnotic playing. A creaking almost human voice enters the mix ephemerally like some sort of banshee chorus. Things get noisy for a moment, then back to the “chorus” and it’s all over. Heavy duty and gorgeous.
LISTEN TO: COLIN STETSON – NEW HISTORY WARFARE VOL. 2: JUDGES
Judges by Constellation Records