(2011) New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Colin Stetson

... read moreColin Stetson's 2008 album New History Warfare, Vol. 1 showcased the saxophonist/multi-reedist's phenomenal multiphonic improvisation style and circular breathing technique. Released in 2011, New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges features a similar exploratory solo saxophone approach that is nothing...

44′:35″ 14 Songs

1
Awake On Foreign Shores
Colin Stetson
1:30
2
Judges
Colin Stetson
5:13
3
The Stars In His Head (Dark Lights Remix)
Colin Stetson
5:30
4
All The Days I've Missed You (Ilaij I)
Colin Stetson
1:15
5
From No Part Of Me Could I Summon A Voice
Colin Stetson
2:16
6
A Dream Of Water
Colin Stetson
3:35
7
Home
Colin Stetson
3:12
8
Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes
Colin Stetson
4:49
9
Clothed In The Skin Of The Dead
Colin Stetson
3:40
10
All The Colors Bleached To White (Ilaij Ii)
Colin Stetson
0:36
11
Red Horse (Judges Ll)
Colin Stetson
2:57
12
The Righteous Wrath Of An Honorable Man
Colin Stetson
2:27
13
Fear Of The Unknown And The Blazing Sun
Colin Stetson
2:42
14
In Love And In Justice
Colin Stetson
4:53
Released 22 February 2011, 2011 Constellation

Review

Colin Stetson's 2008 album New History Warfare, Vol. 1 showcased the saxophonist/multi-reedist's phenomenal multiphonic improvisation style and circular breathing technique. Released in 2011, New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges features a similar exploratory solo saxophone approach that is nothing short of mind-blowing. Stetson uses the circular breathing style, recorded in single takes and occasionally with overdubs, to create atmospheric and hypnotic loops that sound like layered analog keyboards more than saxophones. In that sense, the tracks here often bring to mind something along the lines of Jean Michel Jarre crossed with Roscoe Mitchell. These tracks allow Stetson to skronk and pulse, wheeze and then soar with white jet-engine noise that is never purposeless and always controlled. Also featured here are a few spoken word sections with avant-garde icon Laurie Anderson -- including the poetic "A Dream of Water" -- that lend a cinematic quality to the proceedings. Elsewhere, vocalist Shara Worden delivers a haunting lead on the spiritual "Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes." Primarily, however, it is Stetson's transcendent and muscular ability to layer sound, breath, and rhythm in a meditative compositional style that sticks with you long after Judges is over. ~ Matt Collar