New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges
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||Awake On Foreign Shores||Colin Stetson||1:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Judges||Colin Stetson||5:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Stars In His Head (Dark Lights Remix)||Colin Stetson||5:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||All the Days I've Missed You (ILAIJ I)||Colin Stetson||1:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||From No Part of Me Could I Summon a Voice||Colin Stetson||2:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Dream of Water||Colin Stetson||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Home||Colin Stetson||3:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes||Colin Stetson||4:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Clothed In the Skin of the Dead||Colin Stetson||3:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||All the Colors Bleached to White (ILAIJ II)||Colin Stetson||0:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Red Horse (Judges ll)||Colin Stetson||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man||Colin Stetson||2:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun||Colin Stetson||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In Love and In Justice||Colin Stetson||4:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Colin Stetson's 2008 album New History Warfare, Vol. 1 showcased the saxophonist/multi-reedist's phenomenal multiphonic improvisation style and circular breathing technique. Released in 2011, New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges features a similar exploratory solo saxophone approach that is nothing short of mind-blowing. Stetson uses the circular breathing style, recorded in single takes and occasionally with overdubs, to create atmospheric and hypnotic loops that sound like layered analog keyboards more than saxophones. In that sense, the tracks here often bring to mind something along the lines of Jean Michel Jarre crossed with Roscoe Mitchell. These tracks allow Stetson to skronk and pulse, wheeze and then soar with white jet-engine noise that is never purposeless and always controlled. Also featured here are a few spoken word sections with avant-garde icon Laurie Anderson — including the poetic "A Dream of Water" — that lend a cinematic quality to the proceedings. Elsewhere, vocalist Shara Worden delivers a haunting lead on the spiritual "Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes." Primarily, however, it is Stetson's transcendent and muscular ability to layer sound, breath, and rhythm in a meditative compositional style that sticks with you long after Judges is over.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
My God...this is some of the most beautiful I-will-carry-on heartache I've heard in ages. To steal--and modify--a quip from Leonard Cohen: "(It) brought everyone back down to Earth, including the angels."
Born: Ann Arbor, MI
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s