On October 25th, Constellation Records will release Entanglement, the second solo release by Jessica Moss. A violinist and vocalist who is one of the central members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and co-founder of Black Ox Orchestar, Moss draws upon a prodigious range of influences: from the post-rock and avant-klezmer of the aforementioned groups, to drones and loops reminiscent of post-minimalism. Over the past year, she has honed the material of Entanglement at over eighty concerts, developing a side-long piece, “Particles,” and a suite of four “Fractals.” Impassioned, moody, and slow-burning, her compositions are some of the most compelling fare we have to anticipate this Fall.
Here’s one well worth repeated listenings: TALsounds’Love Sick (via Ba da Bing). Analog synths, overdubbed voices, and generous melodic writing all mix together in a heady concoction of synths of yesteryear and the live loops of today.
Vocalist Sara Gazarek teams with pianist Josh Nelson on the forthcoming recording Dream in the Blue (Out 8/5/16). Below is a video of their performance of a medley of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and the jazz standard “Bye Bye Blackbird.”
Upcoming Tour Dates:
August 1 / Birdland / NYC*
August 12 / Blue Whale / Los Angeles, CA
August 17 / Mezzrow NYC / NYC
August 26 / Triple Door / Seattle, WA
September 3 / Riverfront Jazz Festival / Stevens Point, WI
Julianna Barwick’s latest album, Will, is out now via Dead Oceans. Atmospheres awash with echo, stratospheric vocals, and ambient backdrops combine in a swath of tone colors and synthetic timbres. Lots of people have jumped on the “analog synths and pedals” bandwagon, but Barwick has the vocal chops and imaginative arranging skills to make her music a journey down this pathway that’s truly worthwhile. Check out her live performance of the single “Look Into Your Own Mind” in Moog’s Sound Lab below.