9 Songs, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

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4.9 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Pitchfork #2 Experimental Record 2015

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"As Joshua Abrams explained to us earlier this year, Magnetoception was the result of a challenge he took upon himself: to see what his ensemble Natural Information Society could do with longer, more gradually developing songs. The concept may seem like overkill—Abrams already made very patient music—but in execution it turned out to be glorious. Stretching out his elemental loops, Abrams discovers new levels of mood and tone; his pieces seem to escape time completely. His comrades lock directly into that meditative mindset, wrapping wiry guitar, rotating percussion, and other accenting elements around the hypnotic cycles of Abrams’ moroccan lute known as the guimbri. The result is a perfection of Abrams’ sound, a magnification of his bandmates’ talents, and an inflation of his ideas into a realm beyond musical space-time. That may sound lofty, but Magnetoception deserves all the superlatives it inspires.”—Marc Masters, Pitchfork

About Joshua Abrams

Storied bassist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams was born and grew up in Philadelphia. Abrams dove into a life of music early on, by the late '80s playing in various jazz groups as well as Square Roots, an early iteration of what would become the live instrumentation hip-hop group the Roots. He relocated to Chicago in the mid-'90s and quickly became a major player in multiple subdivisions of the city's music scene, staying highly active in jazz and improv circles, forming the more structured Americana-leaning band Town and Country, and lending his talents as a studio musician to recordings for an unbelievably large list of other artists.

By the end of the 2000s, Abrams had released several of his own records and played on dozens of albums ranging from various jazz ensembles to work with critically lauded indie artists like Will Oldham, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Joan of Arc, Edith Frost, and many, many others. Abrams' tireless work grew to include composition of film scores and soundtracks as well as involvement with new groups in which he acted as bandleader and principal composer. One of these groups, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, produced several well-received albums of his tunes beginning in the late 2000s. Calling on friends from the Chicago improv scene such as Hamid Drake, Frank Rosaly, Ben Boye, Emmett Kelly, and a rotating cast of others, Abrams released adventurous and searching albums under the NIS banner such as 2015's Magnetoception and 2017's Simultonality, the latter of which found a more solid lineup of the usually amorphous collective, playing together sharply as a result of regular performances leading up to the recording of the album. ~ Fred Thomas

    Philadelphia, PA



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