Mylab

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Terminus Records
  • UPC: 694205030124
  • Catalog Number: 301
  • Sales rank: 256,140

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pop Client (4:41)
  2. 2 Master Korean Musicians of Canada (2:07)
  3. 3 Land Trust Picnic (3:18)
  4. 4 Varmint (3:32)
  5. 5 Fancy Party Cakes (2:53)
  6. 6 Phil and Jerry (4:10)
  7. 7 Workaholic Song (5:49)
  8. 8 Old Days (5:40)
  9. 9 Earthbound (4:07)
  10. 10 Not in My House (5:06)
  11. 11 Ask Mickey (3:28)
  12. 12 Chi-Chi Marina (5:05)
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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
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