By Lee Rice Epstein
Thu Nov 22 06:00:00 CET 201880
It’s rare that an artist’s debut comes after seven years recording seven unreleased albums. Such is the case with Chicago-based composer Ben LaMar Gay and Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun. Over its 15 tracks, Gay plays out a palimpsest of his previous work; collaborations with mutant funk trio Bottle Tree, jazz trumpeter Jaimie Branch and synth-loopers Bitchin Bajas. The result is a record of endless depth and unpredictability. There are Steve Reich-influenced polyrhythms on Music for 18 Hairdressers, thudding techno kicks on Muhal, and an eerie ambience on Melhor Que Tem. Rather than leaping from genre to genre, Gay creates an immersive soundscape. And with those first seven records now being released each month, there is, thankfully, much more to come from this restless polymath.
Fri Dec 21 12:00:25 CET 201879
On his debut album, the uncategorizable Chicago musician knits together experimental jazz, funk playfulness, Brazilian rhythms, and the sensuality of Prince.
Thu May 10 07:00:00 CEST 2018