Benedek – Kushel EP


Sam Gendel – Pass If Music

It’s hard to tell on first listen, but the L.A.-based Gendel made every sound on his new album using his alto saxophone. “Pass If Music” is hardly a solo jazz album, though. Rather, the musician harnesses his horn in service of ambient tones and experimental works that reside outside genre distinctions.

“East L.A. Haze Dream” floats like an amorphous cloud of vapor as Gendel layers gently blown notes with the occasional brief sax run. “Trudge” is a darkened mantra featuring lower-register hums and a minimal rhythm that marches with determination.

In notes, the artist writes that it and the other eight pieces were inspired by the motion picture “The Labyrinth & the Long Road,” [directed by Daniel Oh] for which Gendel contributed the score, and that makes sense. It’s an atmospheric work that evokes its own brand of drama.” –Randall Roberts for the Los Angeles Times

photography by Matt Hayslett

Meeting of Waters

Josiah Steinbrick – Meeting of Waters
DL + ltd CS (150)

*LIMITED VINYL EDITIONS* will be available for pre-order directly from Josiah Steinbrick via his BANANA ENVIRONMENTS Bandcamp page in the coming weeks.

total runtime: 38min
ltd cassette edition of 150

Following the debut release of his minimal-music ensemble BANANA earlier this year, Josiah Steinbrick, the Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer returns with his first collection of solo works titled Meeting Of Waters, available October 27th on LEAVING Records. The album shares some of that ensemble’s concerns, notably in its interest in pattern based music, but here the emphasis is placed on subtle explorations of percussive tones and creating interior or imagined worlds.

The works on Meeting of Waters stem from Steinbrick’s childhood fascination with anthropology and travel tales and almost operates like a cartography of some indeterminate landscape. Each piece has a palette of one to five elements that work in harmony together — with synthesizers, marimbaphones, tuned wood, idiophones, bells, and gongs providing resonant tones that slowly accrete in detail. There’s a measured yet thoroughly engaging pace throughout, that, much like Malaysian Temiar Dream Music, seems to “interpret the heart of reality”.

As in the work of David Toop, Toshi Tsuchitori, Walter Maioli, or Luis Pérez Ixoneztli (whom Steinbrick recently collaborated with), the pre-historic and hyper-modern are effortlessly intertwined. If – as famed French Structural Anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss believed – myths, music, and dreams are “machines for the suppression of time”, then “Meeting of Waters” features nine ingeniously and exquisitely crafted examples of that theory in action. -Michael Klausman
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Composed and Performed by Josiah Steinbrick

Produced by Cate Le Bon

Recorded by Samur Khouja, September 9th-14th, 2016

Additional Synthesizer on 7 / Cate Le Bon

Marimbaphone on 4 / Matthew Compton

Mixing & Mastering / Samur Khouja

Cover Drawing / Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh

Art Direction / Josiah Steinbrick

Special Thanks to Michael Dumontier for Visual Assistance / Fergus Clark & Jack Rollo for Sequence Notes /
Michael Klausman for Words

For Erica and Rowen

photo: Todd Weaver

Going Home / Live at The World Stage

Carlos Niño & Friends – Going Home / Live at The World Stage

Going Home total runtime: 31min
Live at The World Stage total runtime: 56min

Revered Producer / Musician Carlos Niño engages
the 5th album in his ongoing& Friends series with
Going Home, a definitive sixsong odyssey in tribute
to passing from the earthly realmfeaturing
Deantoni Parks, Dexter Story, Jamael Dean,
Josh Johnson, Miguel AtwoodFerguson,
SK Kakraba, and New Age Legend Iasos.

photo Brian Tamborello