Great Colin Stetson Review On Pitchfork (posted by Harry)

Colin Stetson

Colin Stetson

New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges


Written by Mark Richardson, March 3, 2011

Once in a while, I can convince myself that it’s impossible to say anything truly new in music. There has been so much music made and documented in the last 50 years, my thinking goes, that the best we can hope for is an artful re-combination of elements of the past (which seems like more than enough, most of the time). But then I’ll come across a new record that sounds like nothing else I’ve heard: I can’t quite place it, but its appeal feels so organic and easy to understand, I don’t really feel a need to place it, either. Such is the case with the second solo album from Michigan-born, Montreal-based saxophonist Colin Stetson, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges.

A few things about this record make it highly unusual. First, Stetson generally records his pieces solo, live, and in a single take. Some of these tracks have so much sound, so many cross-crossing and overlapping elements, it simply doesn’t seem possible that one musician is making them in real time. More…

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