At last the European release of one of 2016’s most acclaimed albums. 75 Dollar Bill’s second full-length crashed onto many of last year’s most prestigious “Best Album” lists: The Wire, Uncut, The Village Voice/Pazz & Jop (and more). The NYC based duo ofRick Brown and Che Chen, creates hypnotic,pulsing music that weaves an ecstaticline from raw electric blues, Arabic modes and entrancing folk minimalism back to the streets of New York.
We are proud that W/M/P/P/R/R is the first release on Glitterbeat’s new label imprint: tak:til.
NOTES ON W/M/P/P/R/R FROM RICK BROWN
I feel very lucky to have wound up playing in 75 Dollar Bill with Che. I’ll take some credit for the early setup, as I pursued the idea of us jamming together for a few years before we actually made some music together. But when it comes to focusing our sound, putting together a good set- list, imagining how to expand the group with guests and designing almost all of the visual/package aspects, Che has taken the lead. Obviously, he is responsible for his own parts and playing and his interest in the Arabic modes of Mauritanian music has marked our sound quite a bit but I have brought some things, too. The plywood crate I play is a big factor, defining, by its positive qualities (a nice warm “boom” sound) as well as by its simplicity, what we’re likely to do in the percussion realm.
WMPPRR, this new record, differs quite a bit from the previous one, notably in the rhythmic “tone.” Wooden Bag (released in 2015 on Other Music Recording Co.) was all forward momentum, stomping and shaking, but the new record explores a long-standing interest of mine: odd and “compound” meters. In most of my previous musical activities, I’ve convinced my partners to delve into this, but in 75 Dollar Bill it has just felt natural and I believe Che’s modal investigations an....... więcej