Instruments of Happiness —Slow, Quiet Music In Search of Electric Happiness (out April 22nd, 2022 on Redshift Records (CD/DL))

Genre(s): Modern Composition, Chamber Music, Electric Guitar Ensemble, Ambient
RIYL: Rhys Chatham, Fred Frith, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, Fripp & Eno.

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Tim Brady: Website
Redshift Records: Website | Bandcamp


ABOUT: Montréal electric guitar ensemble Instruments of Happiness (led by composer/ guitarist Tim Brady) unveils their third release following a pair acclaimed discs for American imprint Starkland. Its title is quite descriptive of the music found on it; the works were all commissioned to be performed with the four guitarists scattered throughout a highly reverberant space. Yet there’s considerable variety found among its four compositions. Featuring acclaimed Canadian composers Rose Bolton, Andrew Staniland, Louise Campbell, and Andrew Noseworthy, the disc encompasses everything from plush sonic beds to elusive trickling textures, and from the unsettling to the sumptuous.

COVERAGE:
News — Exposé
List — Le Canal Auditif, Albums à venir
List — A Closer Listen, Upcoming releases
Round-up: George Grella, A Guide to Canada’s Classical Label Redshift Music, Bandcamp
Interview — Trevor Babb’s Contemporary Guitar Blog
Review — Claire Biddles, The Wire
Review — Bill Meyer, Dust Vol. 8 No. 4, Dusted
Review — Lawrence Joseph, Musicworks
Review — Ron Schepper, Textura
Review — Tiina Kiik, The WholeNote
Review — BlowUp (in Italian)
Review — Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews
Review — Nitestylez.de
Review — Mark Daelmans-Sikkel, Vital Weekly #1320
Review — Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy #113 (in German)
Roundup — Aidan Hanratty, Bandcloud #397
Roundup — A Closer Listen, Spring Music Preview/ Ambient & Drone
Roundup — Ludwig Van Montréal
Radio — Not Brahms and Liszt, WMBR (July 4th, 2022)
Radio — UNDAE! Radio, Radio Circulo (Mar. 7th, 2022)
Radio — Electric Sense, CIUT (Mar. 2nd, 2022)
Radio — RTQE, WORT (Feb. 20, 2022)
Radio — Off The Hook, KXSF (Feb. 18, 2022)
Radio — No Pigeonholes, KOWS FM (Feb. 17, 2022)

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