Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Haitian Rail Premieres New Song "Trembler" at Brooklyn Vegan * New Album "Solarists" Out July 22nd on New Atlantis Records


Stream "Trembler" from Haitian Rail exclusively @ BrooklynVegan.com!

"'Trembler' cuts right to the chase. Shea and Ricart weave in, out, and around each other by way of blink-and-you'll-miss-them rhythms. They're like two bikers lane-splitting during a traffic jam. Ricart, in particular, seems intent on exhausting notebook after notebook of riffs and song ideas. So, with the space eaten up by the rhythm section, Millevoi and Blacksberg hang back. Millevoi again covers a lot of miles with his tone. He starts out swishing around a Duane Denison twang and then spits corrosive skronks upon whatever Shea and Ricart are constructing. Blacksberg, on the other hand, mops things up with comparatively melodic legato sweeps, also adding in percussive periods and commas when required. Suddenly, Shea takes over with a drum solo that is both athletic and cerebral. It sounds like someone dropped an ant farm on his kit and he's trying to quickly eradicate the scourge, yet he plays with so much balance. His logical calculations catch on and the entire band finally comes together, ending with a spiky arrangement that could be a caffeinated read of Eric Dolphy's 'Gazzelloni.'" - Brooklyn Vegan

In support of their upcoming new album, "Solarists," out July 22nd on Ohio's New Atlantis Records, avant-garde super-group Haitian Rail has premiered the first new song off their upcoming sophomore LP, titled "Trembler," available to stream exclusively atBrooklynVegan.com.

In addition, the band, which features the all-star lineup of Ed Ricart (Hyrrokkin), Nick Millevoi (Many Arms / Deveykus), Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus) and Kevin Shea (Talibam!) is preparing the debut of their new video for second album track "Overburden."

About Haitian Rail:

"An object lesson in how free improvised music should sound when played with authenticity and sincerity." - The Wire

"A wonderfully unhinged stew of avant-garde jazz rock" - Tiny Mix Tapes

"Their musicianship and group energy jumps through the speakers, delivered on six pieces that serve as terrifying, accurate strikes against the boundaries of noise and jazz." - Decoder


New Atlantis Records is proud to announce Solarists, the second full-length album by Haitian Rail. This record brashly charts the common spaces between creative noise rock and the jazz avant-garde, while shattering the restrictive barriers between them. Formerly dubbed Ricart/Millevoi Quartet, with a stellar debut LP via Gaffer Records, this new lineup features guitarist Nick Millevoi (Many Arms, Deveykus), bassist Edward Ricart (Hyrrokkin, William Hooker Trio), trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus, Anthony Braxton), and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Talibam!). This revamped iteration of the group raises the high watermark set by their debut, offering a set of roiling new compositions, buoyed by virtuosic technique and unbounded kinetic energy.

The pace is set at the outset with the thunderous, electrifying opening of 'Trembler.' The frontline dizzyingly navigates the serpentine head in unison before collectively arcing into raucous, high-octane energy music. An unaccompanied drum solo at the center of the piece deftly manages to sound skittish and menacing all at once. 'Overburden' is essentially through-composed, with a section of ominous trombone-driven improvisation, buttressed by serialist melodies. 'Flare Star,' at just under seventeen minutes, is the record's longest piece, boasting a minimalist introduction, and curvilineal head bookending an extended trombone/bass/drum trio romp, and a feedback-laden drum/guitar duo. 'Seven Wastes' is a fitting closer, with passing, chromatic drones soaring over pummeling, relentless percussion.

About the members:

Edward Ricart
Edward Ricart is a guitarist and bassist presently located in Yellow Springs, OH. His creative outlets include avant-rock power trio Hyrrokkin; free jazz/noise rock quartet Haitian Rail; free-rock duo Matta Gawa; and the Edward Ricart Quartet, alongside Herb Robertson, Jason Ajemian, and Andrew Barker. He has also collaborated with William Hooker, Marshall Allen, Merzbow, Paul Dunmall, and members of the rock groups Tortoise, Black Flag, and Fugazi, among many others. A veteran of Washington DC's creative music underground, his weekly New Atlantis series of concerts earned him the designation of 'Avant Garde Savior' and Best in DC by the Washington City Paper. The series blossomed into a vanguard record label, with an exemplary roster of rising stars and established legends. His work incorporates the processes of new music- including serialism, through-composition, and free improvisation, braced with the dissonant, polyrhythmic backbone of creative rock music.

Nick Millevoi
Nick Millevoi is a Philadelphia-based guitarist who explores and expands upon the sound of the electric guitar through frequent use of non-traditional tunings, feedback, and raw noise. On his most recent solo-guitar releases, Numbers on the Side (Ivory Antler, 2014) and In White Sky (Flenser Records), Millevoi combines his 6- and 12-string electric guitars with drones and extreme volume to create a startling new work. Nick is a member of the noise-rock-free jazz trio Many Arms, whose second album for John Zorn's Tzadik label will be released in April 2014. Nick makes one half of the duo Archer Spade with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, who have performed music by composers Mick Barr, Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase, as well as curating a performance series in Philadelphia. Nick has toured extensively as a solo guitarist as well as with Many Arms, Deveykus (Tzadik), Make A Rising, Electric Simcha, and with Gene Coleman's Ensemble N_JP, and has performed across the US, Canada, and Europe and at festivals, such as Incubate (Netherlands), Gaffer Fest (France), Suoni Per Il Popolo (Canada), Montreal Jewish Music Festival, and the New Atlantis Festival (DC), and the Masada Book Three Premiere concert at New York's Town Hall. Nick has collaborated with many great improvisors, including Toshimaru Nakamura, Keir Neuringer, Thomas Buckner, Ken Ueno, Ches Smith, Travis LaPlante, Weasel Walter, Kevin Shea, Joe Lally, Dead Neanderthals, Balazs Pandi, and many others. The Village Voice has called Nick a "guitar-wielding, audience-massacring hero," and music journal Burning Ambulance has described him as, "A fierce player who knows his way around a riff and can tie himself, and the listener, in knots with his contorted, passionate soloing." Foxy Digitalis called In White Sky, "a searing collection of exploded guitar compositions." Millevoi's music has been reviewed by SPIN, NPR Music, The Onion AV Club, Wire magazine, and many others.

Dan Blacksberg
Dan Blacksberg is rapidly emerging as a new leading voice on the trombone. With musical activity that spans avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music and klezmer, Dan brings a burly, rough-edged sound intended to push at the technical and textural extremes of his instrument. Based in Philadelphia, Dan leads a variety of groups, such as the Dan Blacksberg Trio and Electric Simcha, and co-leads groups such as Archer Spade, the New York/Philadelphia avant-jazz quartet Bird Fly Yellow, and the terror-improv group Psychotic Quartet. In addition, Dan has also performed with Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Danilo Perez, Gene Coleman, and is a founding member of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra. Dan is also one of the few musicians in the world who performs and teaches traditional klezmer on the trombone. He is a founding member of Alan Bern’s The Other Europeans, and co-leads the klezmer power trio Leviticus with Michael Winograd and Tyshawn Sorey. He has also played with many of the field’s top artists such as Frank London, Adrienne Cooper, Michael Winograd, Daniel Kahn, Michael Alpert, Hankus Netsky, Alicia Svigals, Alex Kontorovitch, Aaron Alexander, and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. He has taught at Klezmer Festival F├╝rth and Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany, and has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He continues to be a regular faculty member at Klezkamp and Klezkanada.

Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea is an innovative and free-minded drummer, Kevin Shea has always imbued his playing with a humor and flexibility that few in the jazz world have been able to match. While perhaps best known for his work with the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Shea has played on a host of other projects in the Avant-Garde, Jazz, and other genres, including works by Rhys Chatham, People (with Mary Halvorson), Peter Evans Quartet, Alan Wilkinson, Talibam!, and storm&stress.




"Solarists" Track List:
1. Trembler (Brooklyn Vegan Premiere)
2. Overburden
3. Scintillator
4. Flare Star
5. Seven Wastes


For more information, visit:
www.newatlantisrecords.com

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