Open The Gates

by Irreversible Entanglements

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Thibaut Devigne
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Thibaut Devigne Very powerful and accessible free jazz. There is a vocalist doing spoken word on it whose voice is like a magnet coalescing all the elements of the music in a cohesive whole. It's really good. Favorite track: Keys to Creation.
Robo Geisha
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Robo Geisha Shockingly, the entire group progresses here, beyond the highly talented levels they already operated at... my jaw dropped at unexpected left turns, dizzying moments where all 5 cylinders fire hotter than ever, and an album full of unexpected territory, covered with ferocity, passion, virtuosity... It's a collective leap and bound. Beautiful work. Favorite track: Lágrimas Del Mar.
Gavin Hellyer
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Gavin Hellyer There's seemingly no stopping her. Moor Mother currently has no peer for sustained excellence and creativity. Yet, despite all that, one of the most endearing qualities of Irreversible Entanglements is the fact that they sound nothing like her vehicle, more like a magnificent free jazz ensemble in their own right. Talk about Fire Music. Best not to listen to this in a blazing hot summer. If you are ever going to spontaneously combust, then at least ensure that this is your soundtrack. Favorite track: Keys to Creation.
JollypHarton
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JollypHarton Just so visceral... love it. All great tracks... no fave
markos_b
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markos_b too good to even choose one track
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about

Irreversible Entanglements’ third full-length album OPEN THE GATES is ethereal shards of jagged onyx, a melancholic exploration of the post-colonial debris that surrounds us. Let’s watch and listen, as this platter snakes through the sandy ashes of possible histories, dialogs with a nervous present, and asks to be birthed into a holographic new future. “Together in holy sound!” the band stitches patient anthems out of atmosphere. Pulling from a wider sonic vocabulary than on previous excursions, the agit-jazz found here is simultaneously pre- and post-apocalypse, as bass lurches in a tranced-out loop, horns are up in the track grooves like poltergeists playing in the streets, poetry cascades like a warrior call at a satsang, the drums both wild and refined pulse with uhuru-heart cadence. This is Irreversible Entanglements on new ground; same as the old ground.

And we need it now – the universe was awash in the sickly static veneer of anti-cosmos, of anti-nation; the halls were emptied, our shadows echoing and staining the walls of our abandoned oases – so we poured out into 2020’s wild streets. The ghosts of our labor danced around the sickness as we set fire to our old ways of thinking and moving, as we set fire to cop cars and bashed in the windows of our own rising disenfranchisement. “Open the gates!” we shouted, blessed be – we need it now!

Here come Irreversible Entanglements – Luke Stewart, the high priest on bass; Aquiles Navarro, the electric universe in human form on trumpet; Keir Neuringer, the cosmologist with the siren sound on sax; Tcheser Holmes, the griot, the myth-maker on drums; and Camae Ayewa, the Moor mother with an empyrean pen game – on this new disc with their fierce aural tectonics shifting the earth, their watery post-pangea as dirge, their punk rock ethos and crash and bang polyrhythmic super-sonic sound synesthesia in the form of OPEN THE GATES – here it comes, my Brothas and Sistas, here it comes.

credits

released November 12, 2021

Camae Ayewa - voice, synth
Keir Neuringer - saxophone, synth, percussion
Aquiles Navarro - trumpet, synth
Luke Stewart - double bass, bass guitar
Tcheser Holmes - drums, percussion

Recorded on January 5th, 2021, at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia. Mixed in April, 2021, at International Anthem Studios, Chicago. Mastered in May, 2021, at Elysian Masters, Los Angeles.

Produced by: Camae Ayewa, Keir Neuringer, Aquiles Navarro, Luke Stewart, and Tcheser Holmes.
Recorded by: Michael Richelle.
Mixed by: Dave Vettraino.
Mastered by: Dave Cooley.

Cover Photo by: Cyrus Moussavi.
Back Cover & Liner Photos by: Bob Sweeney.
Liner Notes by: Alex Smith.
Design & Layout by: Craig Hansen.
Executive Production by: Scott McNiece & David Allen

(( Album cover photo & "Open The Gates" video feature Judah Son of Pharoh ))

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International Anthem is a Chicago-born recording company that produces and promotes progressive media.

The IARC mission is to make positive contributions to the changing state of the music industry, and to vitalize the demand for boundary-defying music by presenting unique sounds in appealing packages to untapped audiences.
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