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*Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* In The Tower represents the first long player from the V. Vecker Ensemble, a troupe of diverse musicians from Vancouver's underground, all led by musician, artist, and composer Keith Wecker (Sex Negatives, Emergency Room). Spread over both sides of the ep, "In the Tower" builds its force from repetition, meditation, explosion and restraint. A cycle of eastern-inspired guitar riffs from Brody McKnight (Nu Sensae) and Daniel Presnell (Von Bingen) create tension, heightened by Luka Rogers' lush waves of phased Persian santoor. Underneath these sonics lies "In the Tower's" spine: Wecker's minimal organ work, which hovers above bass lines of Andrea Lukic (Nu Sensae) and Liam Butler (No Gold), and the shifting motorik rhythms of David Rogers (Basketball) and Corey Woolger (Cowards) that advance and recede. Wecker's inspiration for the ensemble originates from his participation in Glenn Branca's Symphony no 13: Hallucination City in 2008, and Anthony Braxton's 2010 Sonic Genome Project, where large groups explore pieces that include composition and improvisation collectively. The V. Vecker Ensemble began performing in 2010 at venerable institutions such as the Western Front, New Forms Festival, and most recently the Vancouver Jazz Fest; and has shared stages with like minded travelers Sun Araw, and Peaking Lights.
Release/catalogue number: mjr001lp
Release date: Nov 30, 2012