In Celebrate Your Scene, Montréal on February 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm


“There are so many, CRUSHINGLY beautiful sounds coming out of one person, at ONCE, that it makes your skin tremble, your mind go blank, and your eyes close.”

-Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)


“It is only January but there is an album of the year.”

-Said The Gramophone


This is Colin Stetson.  He has played with Arcade Fire, The National, Tom Waits, and Bon Iver (just to name a few).   A few days ago, I heard a few tracks from his New History of Warfare Vol II: Judges, to be released on Constellation February 22nd.

Not only is this the most startlingly original work I’ve heard in years, it is unquestionably one of the most impressive feats of musicianship in recent memory.  What is most miraculous about this record is the fact that Stetson composed and recorded the album without loops or overdubs.  Recorded at Hotel2Tango, Stetson captured the sound of a single saxophone with a network of two dozen microphones scattered throughout the room.

However.  This album is an achievement regardless of its origin.  Stetson’s work is impossible–gut-wrenching.  I cannot remember the last time I have been so moved by a recording of any kind.  Stetson’s music is the most vivid dream–a torrent of shapes and colors that have never been seen before.

See Stetson perform live at the double album release with Tim Hecker this Thursday in Montreal at Sala Rosa.


For no-justice-at-all’s sake:


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