Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light

Fri, Apr 19, 2013, 01:00


New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

Colin Stetson



Those who have encountered the Canadian sax player’s extraordinary solo live shows have come away raving about his ability to blow up a storm with a barrage of brassy experimentation. It’s a talent that has led such acts as Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, TV on the Radio and The National to hire him, but it’s Stetson’s own work that provides the real adventures. The third and final instalment in the New History Warfare series may feature vocals from Justin Vernon, but such tracks as And in Truth and Brute are as much, if not more, noteworthy for the fascinating throbs marshalled by Stetson and producer Ben Frost. Whether it’s a cover of gospel singer Washington Phillips’s What Are They Doing Today or the taut, stout soaring textures of High Above a Grey Green Sky, Stetson’s wild, powerful playing always demands attention.
Download: Brute, High Above a Grey Green Sky