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LISTEN: Colin Stetson - Among The Sef
Laurie Tuffrey , April 18th, 2013 10:08

New listen from the sax virtuoso's forthcoming album

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Photograph courtesy of Robert Nethery

As we've previously reported, Montreal-based saxophone mangler Colin Stetson is releasing his new album New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light on April 29 va Constellation Records, and we've got another taster from the record - listen to 'Among The Sef' below:

As ever with Stetson, it's built around of brain-scratching technical skill, as a polyphony of notes and key-clicking lay down the back bone of the piece, before a voice, perhaps Stetson's, emerges in the midst, a haunted, shrill, almost non-human sounding presence, which forges a collision of hyper-freneticism and withdrawn calm and that sounds, crucially, like very little else.

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Apr 18, 2013 6:29pm

Jesus no. The vocals are way too high up in the mix. I absolutely adore V2, and this reminds me of my favorite track "From no part of me can I summon a voice..." Those really bright high end modulations that he does where he makes the saxophone sound like a harp are so amazing. I just don't know why those vocal parts, which I feel are just implied in the music anyway need to be attenuated. ok bye for now. Thanks

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Apr 19, 2013 9:16am

The bloke from Bon Iver does vocals on a couple of tracks... can't remember if this one is him or not offhand. In any case, Stetson is amazing, and this album is so good that I'm willing to overlook the fact that the bloke from Bon Iver is on it.

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Apr 19, 2013 10:20am

In reply to mrg:

Why do people hate the guy from Bon Iver so much? I can't really get in to his stuff, but to me it's no better or worse to me than all the other bloke with guitar in a cabin musings, but he seems to get hated the most by far. What gives?

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