New Hermitage — Unearth
(out September 18th, 2020)

Genre(s): Free improvisation, Ambient, Experimental
RIYL: Dans Les Arbres, Popol Vuh, Town & Country, Luciano Cilio, Alice Coltrane

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About: The fifth album by Halifax / Montréal-based improvising quartet New HermitageUnearth, unfolds through a series of whispered vignettes, offering the ensemble’s most focussed and cohesive statement to date. It follows the quartet’s collaboration with bass clarinet virtuoso Jeff Reilly, which won them a Music Nova Scotia Award for Best Classical Recording. Drawing on the spontaneous music practice of leader Andrew MacKelvie’s mentor/ collaborator Jerry Granelli, Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening™, and a vocabulary of eco-dystopian imagery this new record follows a dream-like logic. Deploying a unique instrumentation consisting of saxophones, cello, harp and electric guitar, they weave soft timbral impressions and tangled melodic evasions that sound like a half-erased chalk portrait of spiritual free jazz. 

Review —
Review — Rafał Zbrzeski, Dzikie Nuty 2.0 (in Polish)
Review — Ted Parkinson, the Whole Note
Review — Brennan McCracken, Musicworks
Review / Round-up — PLAY IT AGAIN (cordas em destaque), Fabricio Viera, FreeForm, FreeJazz (Português)
Review — Réjean Beaucage, PANM360 (Français)
Review — Sam Gillet, The Coast
Review — Normand Babin, Neomemoire
Review — Leslie Ken Chu, New Feeling
Review — Michele Palozzo, Esoteros
Review — Troy Dostert, All About Jazz
Radio — Free Form Freakout Podcast #168

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