All these sounds are supposed to be from a saxophone? And recorded live without overdubs and loops? That's what it says on the artwork of "New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light", the new album by US experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson. Of course the vocals on four tracks don't come from a wind instrument, but from Bon-Iver singer Justin Vernon. But it is difficult to trace the bass grooves and percussion hints back to a saxophone. But that doesn't matter, because it's all the bubbling sounds, the unspeakable squawking, the scratching drone, the ethereal melodies that leave their mark on this album. Sometimes it borders on industrial sounds ("High Above A Grey Green Sea"), sometimes it is inedible ("Hunted") and remains minimal ("In Mirrors") or hectic ("Brute"). One might wonder what this is all about. This question is not necessary for the 15-minute title track. It stands out from the rest: like electronic music of the Berlin school, just created with saxophone. Shimmering sequences, driving grooves. Unusual and fascinating.
Top Track: To See More Light