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David Grubbs — Prismrose (May 13, 2016)

David Grubbs — Prismrose (May 13, 2016)

     David Grubbs — Prismrose (May 13, 2016)
★   David Grubbs has had an astonishingly wide–ranging career: Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Bitch Magnet (fleetingly), the Red Krayola, Gastr del Sol, Palace, Boxhead Ensemble, & a series of solo recordings & collaborations. The common aspect among these performances is contigent on itself, as it is primarily identified by Grubbs’ own commitment & growth as both instrumentalist & composer, constantly pursuing forms & structures that challenge both musician & listener.
★   Related artists: Bastro, Belfi / Grubbs / Pilia, Gastr del Sol, David Grubbs & Mats Gustafsson, David Grubbs & Susan Howe, The Red Krayola, Squirrel Bait.                                                        © Photo credit: John Foster
Born: September 21, 1967
Location: Grubbs lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Cathy Bowman, and their son Emmett Bowman–Grubbs.
Album release: May 13, 2016
Record Label: Blue Chopsticks/Drag City
Duration:     31:36
Tracks:
1 How to Hear What’s Less than Meets the Ear     11:03
2 Cheery Eh      1:15
3 Learned Astronomer      1:43
4 Manifesto in Clear Language      8:30
5 Nightfall in the Covered Cage      5:07
6 The Bonsai Waterfall      3:58
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Credits
♦♠♦   Artwork by, Design — Kai Althoff
♦♠♦   Design — Yair Oelbaum
♦♠♦   Drums, Percussion — Eli Keszler (tracks: 1, 2, 6)
♦♠♦   Electric Guitar — David Grubbs
♦♠♦   Mastered by — Doug Henderson
♦♠♦   Recorded by — Charles Burst, Mitch RackinAbout this product
★   Prismrose is a nearly wordless collection of six pieces for electric guitar, all given real time to breathe and mutate. It’s an album that documents what an electric guitar sounds like in David Grubbs’s hands — with Eli Keszler dropping by to pummel some drums — now that we’ve stumbled into the year 2016.
Label: http://www.dragcity.com/
Editorial Reviews
♦♠♦   Roll, tape, roll. . . the genie gambols, but viewed from a different angle angel is indistinguishable from crocodile, from shadow shaped and thrown. Prismrose is a nearly wordless collection of six pieces for electric guitar, all given real time to breathe, grow unpredictably, mutate. It’s an album — an of–a–piece, start–to–finish listen — that documents what an electric guitar sounds like in David Grubbs’s hands now that we’ve stumbled into the year 2016. Prismrose comes to us — comes at us — from a stellar run of expansive, hands — thinking hands — puzzling guitar music that began with the stylistic pivot of Grubbs’s solo records An Optimist Notes the Dusk and The Plain Where the Palace Stood (do we have a trilogy brewing?) and the two recent albums from the trio Belfi / Grubbs / Pilia. Prismrose begins with ‘How to Hear What’s Less than Meets the Ear,’ an eleven–minute duo written for Tony Conrad’s 75th birthday bash with Grubbs on chiming, tolling Telecaster and wunderkind percussionist and composer Eli Keszler on backwards–somersaulting drums. Keszler makes his presence known on three of the album’s tracks. The years reel with an errand into the 14th century for ‘Cheery Eh,’ an arrangement of Guillaume de Machaut, and a brief stop in the 19th century with a setting of Walt Whitman’s ‘When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer’ — there are your words, unimpeachable ones — by Rick Moody, originally recorded by the Wingdale Community Singers. Side two is unambiguously set in the present moment, and this suite of three instrumentals sails off the edge of the world with the breezy, eminently whistleable anthem ‘The Bonsai Waterfall.’ And dig that instantly iconic cover courtesy of artist Kai Althoff (Workshop, Fanal). It gets it. Roll on, wordless, nearly so.♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★♦♠♦★

David Grubbs — Prismrose (May 13, 2016)

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