Following the debut release of his minimal-music ensemble BANANA earlier this year, Josiah Steinbrick, the Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer returns with his first collection of solo works titled "Meeting Of Waters". The album shares some of that ensemble’s concerns, notably in its interest in pattern based music, but here the emphasis is placed on subtle explorations of percussive tones and creating interior worlds.
Each piece has a palette of one to five elements that work in harmony together — with synthesizers, marimbaphones, tuned wood, idiophones, bells, and gongs providing resonant tones that slowly accrete in detail. There’s a measured yet thoroughly engaging pace throughout, that, much like Malaysian Temiar Dream Music, seems to “interpret the heart of reality”.
As in the work of David Toop, Toshi Tsuchitori, Walter Maioli, or Luis Pérez Ixoneztli (whom Steinbrick recently collaborated with), the pre-historic and hyper-modern are effortlessly intertwined. If – as famed French Structural Anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss believed – myths, music, and dreams are “machines for the suppression of time”, then “Meeting of Waters” features nine ingeniously and exquisitely crafted examples of that theory in action. - Michael Klausman
released October 27, 2017
Composed and Performed by Josiah Steinbrick
Produced by Cate Le Bon
Recorded by Samur Khouja, September 9th-14th, 2016
Additional Synthesizer on 7 / Cate Le Bon
Marimbaphone on 4 / Matthew Compton
Mixing & Mastering / Samur Khouja
Cover Drawing / Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh
Art Direction / Josiah Steinbrick
Special Thanks to Michael Dumontier for Visual Assistance / Fergus Clark
& Jack Rollo for Sequence Notes / Michael Klausman for Words
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