Mylab

Mylab

by Mylab
     
 

Tucker Martine and Wayne Horvitz have worked together a lot over the last decade or so, with Martine generally acting as engineer (his role in the 4 + 1 Ensemble was "limited" to live processing), but Mylab is their first fully collaborative effort together. The songs started with Martine taking various ancient public-domain folk recordingsSee more details below

Overview

Tucker Martine and Wayne Horvitz have worked together a lot over the last decade or so, with Martine generally acting as engineer (his role in the 4 + 1 Ensemble was "limited" to live processing), but Mylab is their first fully collaborative effort together. The songs started with Martine taking various ancient public-domain folk recordings (from around the turn of the last century), which he then sampled and looped in order to form the basis for new compositions, fleshed out by Horvitz and Martine together. A long list of Seattle's musical luminaries was then brought in for overdubs, sometimes adding new parts and sometimes replacing the part created by the old samples. The result is a thoroughly modern-sounding recording built from the familiar rhythms and melodies of the folk music tradition that country, blues, and rock & roll were built from. It's a fascinating juxtaposition made more interesting by the fact that many of the instruments and the samples themselves were treated further, so sometimes it's difficult to discern whether the source is the old recordings or the recent playing. And given the modus operandi, the amount of stylistic ground covered is impressive. "Varmint" is built on a mournful fiddle figure, with Danny Barnes' dobro adding a further bluegrass flavor, which is tempered by one of several excellent Bill Frisell solos. The next track, "Fancy Party Cakes," is loaded with crazy electronic squelches, programmed (or highly treated) drums, and backward effects. "Phil and Jerry" (an ode to the Grateful Dead?) starts out sounding very African, thanks to the ngoni playing of Kassemadi Kamissogo, then moves into Pharoah Sanders territory with Skerik on sax. The title "Old Days" might be an allusion to Horvitz's old band the President, as the tune strongly recalls that band (with Andy Roth doing his finest Bobby Previte imitation on drums, while Previte appears on several other tunes). Despite the fact that there are a lot of different styles on display here, Horvitz's tonal palette on keys and individual compositional voice really ties all the songs together. Mylab is a unique-sounding project that has succeeded in making an album that is interesting and challenging while being utterly approachable. This is sonic alchemy of the highest order. Well done.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Tracks - Michaelangelo Matos
Like the home-brewed hybrids of the Latin Playboys or Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos... Mylab's music shows an interest in texture as much as tune, and the group does both well.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Terminus Records
UPC:
0694205030124
catalogNumber:
301
Rank:
361524

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mylab   Primary Artist
Robin Holcomb   Vocals,Musician
Danny Barnes   Banjo,Dobro,Vocals,Musician
Bill Frisell   Guitar,Musician
Wayne Horvitz   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Pump Organ
Orville Johnson   Fiddle,Musician
Bobby Previte   Drums,Musician
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Guitar,Saxophone,Musician
Tim Young   Guitar,Musician
Briggan Krauss   Saxophone,Musician
Keith Lowe   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Musician
Skerik   Saxophone,Musician
Tucker Martine   Percussion,Drums
Eyvind Kang   Viola,Musician
Andy Roth   Drums,Musician
Reggie Watts   Vocals,Musician
Sofia Barsher   Laughs,Musician
Dave Carter   Flugelhorn,Musician

Technical Credits

Wayne Horvitz   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Roger Seibel   Mastering
Tucker Martine   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Field Recording
Ric Vaughan   Mastering

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >