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The Ballister Monologues
MC $0.00

01/20/2015 881314686438 

MF080 / AS005 

MP3 $5.99

12/16/2014 881314686438 


FLAC $6.99

12/16/2014 881314686438 


Astral Spirits is proud to present another chapter in the Ballister catalog — following 2 self-released CD’s, as well as acclaimed releases on Clean Feed and Bocian, AND an upcoming release on Rempis’ own Aerophonic imprint.  “The Ballister Monologues” (AS005/MF080) is their first TAPE release & captures Ballister live in Austin, TX in the spring of 2014 playing for a cozy crowd on what would be their last show of a US tour.  The playing is rugged and muscular, yet they aren’t one dimensional, the jagged edges are smoothed out by their turn-on-a-dime interplay.  This tape is indeed a monologue of the singular sound that Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm & Paal Nilssen-Love have created over the course of the last 5 years.

As fans of the music will recognize, this is inevitably a hard-hitting group. The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70′s and 80′s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70′s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.


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