Pre-order of Murmuration Without End. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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releases December 8, 2023
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Cassette + Digital Album
Pro-dubbed C64 Cassette in Cactus Flower orange shell, housed in a transparent Norelco box with CMYK J-Card. Full album audio on both A+B sides of the cassette. MFG in Canada.
Includes digital pre-order of Murmuration Without End.
You get 1 track now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
Murmuration Without End is a collection of rhythmic studies by producer, composer, percussionist & multi-instrumentalist Ben Lumsdaine.
Whereas the tracks began as meditative synth drones recorded by Lumsdaine when quarantined in the basement studio of his friend’s home, over time they became multi-textural, poly-rhythmic sound worlds as he disrupted the meters and pulses implied by the synths’ inherent modulations with each instrumental layer added. He also enlisted guest musicians to help him achieve this, including saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi (Bon Iver, Bill Callahan), trumpeter John Raymond (S. Carey, Sara Bareilles), and guitarist Drake Ritter (Durand Jones, Diane Coffee).
Inspired by the vibrance of Cuban bata rhythms, Lumsdaine set himself to construct music that has a clear pulse but a fairly indiscernible downbeat, and ultimately makes an articulate artistic expression about finding peace within the unknown. The way he achieves this with an uncommon palette is particularly impressive on Murmuration Without End, especially considering that, as a working musician, Lumsdaine’s primary instrument is a traditional drumkit (hear his drumming on albums by Durand Jones, Chris Schlarb, Anna Butterss, and Bex Burch); but in the context of this album, he challenged himself to completely refrain from playing his drums.
releases December 8, 2023
All music & sound composed, produced,
performed, recorded & mixed
by Ben Lumsdaine.
Dustin Laurenzi - tenor saxophone (tracks 1 & 5)
John Raymond - trumpet and flugelhorn (track 2)
Drake Ritter - electric guitar (track 3)
Mastering by Tim Smiley.
Artwork by Ben Lumsdaine and David Woodruff.
Layout by Craig Hansen.
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So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.