Who Sent You?

by Irreversible Entanglements

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    *Limited Edition* 140-gram "Implacable Maroon" colored vinyl LP (in homage to Russell "Maroon" Shoatz) inside a heavyweight matte jacket (artwork by Damon Locks), plus insert sheet with credits & liners (notes by Alex Smith), IARC obi strip and dome patterned inner-sleeve.

    Includes digital pre-order of Who Sent You?. 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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    140-gram black vinyl LP (pressed by Pallas in Germany) inside a heavyweight matte jacket (artwork by Damon Locks), plus insert sheet with credits & liners (notes by Alex Smith), IARC obi strip and dome patterned inner-sleeve.

    Includes digital pre-order of Who Sent You?. 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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    Purchasable with gift card

      $22 USD or more 

     

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    Shiny compact disc inside a deluxe tip-on gatefold eco sleeve.

    Includes digital pre-order of Who Sent You?. 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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1.
The Code Noir / Amina
2.
Who Sent You – Ritual
3.
07:58
4.
Blues Ideology
5.
Bread Out of Stone

about

Stay on it! This is the future! This is the spectral dreaming, the reshaped soundwaves of post-Katrina, post-Osage Avenue, post-Obamacare that we borrow from to do this work, so stay on it.

Who Sent You? they said from their liquid cryo-chamber, from a low-light induction field cobbled together with lithium rods, with melted down Romare Bearden and Howardena Pindell paintings, stitched with chaos fibers and placed in the center of the carrion husk of a burnt out shanty town. They took time to scrape ashen samples of what was, their souls the residue thick and caked on, that still climbs those new high-rise condominiums like moss—the only evidence that they were once there, that they were baked into the fabric of this planet—they were there fixing elevators and tossing wrenches into quantum fields until they were stopped! frisked! and turned into weird, 100-foot martyr murals on the backside, the north side, of supermarket walls—Who Sent You? is how the matrix modulation works.

Dig it: Who Sent You? is the punk-rocking of jazz and the mystification of the avant-garde, a sci-fi sound from that out-soul-fire jazz quintet Irreversible Entanglements. Who Sent You? they asked and tried to lock us in their distress chambers, and yet here it is: an album that functions as a heat-sealed care package for the modern Afrofuturist’s pre-flight machinations. This record weaves kinetic soul fusion, dreamy yet harrowing spectral poetry, and intricate force-field-tight rhythms into wild, warmth-giving tapestries that comfort and conceal, confront and coerce all at once, with the dark matter of the deep, black all-consuming universe as its thread.

Where the band’s self-titled debut was all explosive noisy anthems and glorious cosmic bluster, Who Sent You? is a focused and patient ritual. Irreversible Entanglements take their time in between these grooves, stalking the war-torn streets of the Deep South and post-Columbian apocalypses—taking their time to add our DNA to the centrifuge, to dream up an alchemical amalgamation that sounds truly euphoric, drenched in the epic star-flung fallout of a nova only they can conjure. More than the sum of its parts—Luke Stewart’s war-like basslines, Keir Neuringer’s haunting saxophone, Aquiles Navarro’s cyberpunk brass, the unwieldy storm of Tcheser Holmes’ drums, and the oracular phyletic incantations of Camae Ayewa—Who Sent You? is an entire holistic jam of “infinite possibilities coming back around,” a sprawling meditation for afro-cosmonauts, a reminder of the forms and traumas of the past, and the shape and vision of Afrotopian sounds to come.

credits

releases March 20, 2020

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

Words Composed by Camae Ayewa.
Music Composed by Keir Neuringer, Aquiles Navarro, Luke Stewart, Tcheser Holmes; except “Amina” composed by Keir Neuringer, and “No Más” composed by Aquiles Navarro.

Recorded at Kawari Studios, Philadelphia, March 1st, 2019. Mixed at Decade Studios, Chicago, October 2019. Mastered at Chicago Mastering Service, Chicago, November 2019.

Engineered by Zach Goldstein.
Recording Assisted by Steve Montenegro.
Mixed by David Allen.
Mastered by Greg Obis.

Cover Art by Damon Locks.
Insert Photo by Bob Sweeney.
Liner Notes by Alex Smith.
Layout & Insert Design by Craig Hansen.

Produced by Camae Ayewa, Keir Neuringer, Aquiles Navarro, Luke Stewart, Tcheser Holmes.
Executive Production by Scott McNiece.

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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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