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Two Brothers [Boxhead Ensemble]

  • 1. Still
    2. From This Point Onward
    3. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    4. Two Brothers
    5. Half-Light, The
    6. Requiem
    7. Sba?
    8. Come Again No More
    9. Epilogue
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 126

  • Credits
    EngineerGriffin Rodriguez; Joe Ferguson

    Boxhead Ensemble includes: Jessica Billey, Ryan Hembrey, Glenn Kotche, Scott Tuma, Michael Krassner, Fred Longberg-Holm.
    Recorded at Truckstop Audio, Chicago, Illinois.
    Personnel: Jeff Parker , Jeff Tweedy, Mick Turner, Scott Tuma (guitar); Jessica Billey (violin); Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello); Guillermo Gregorio (reeds); Glenn Kotche, Jim White (drums).
    Recording information: Truckstop Audio Recording Company, Chicago, IL.
    Director: Michael Krassner .
    Moving from the outer reaches of his exploration of sonic landscapes in the soundtrack realm, Boxhead Ensemble boss man Michael Krassner has assembled an ensemble for this recording that looks deeply at the various forms that constitute song -- particularly American song -- and has turned them in on themselves. Featuring a cast that includes regulars like cellist and nyckelharpa king Fred Lonberg-Holm, former Souled American guitarist and frontman Scott Tuma, Dirty Three skin wizard Jim White and guitarist Mick Turner, Argentinian composer and reedist Guillermo Gregorio, Will Oldham, violist and trumpeter David Curry from the Willard Grant Conspiracy, and the Lofty Pillars' guitarist Joe Ferguson, along with guest Jeff Tweedy from Wilco and others, this edition of the Boxheads is the most cohesive and mysterious to date. From the shimmering, bowed-string melodies of "Still," where each bar opens the center of the song to more instruments before it hushes them away, to "The Half Light," where spare frames offered by guitars and percussion create a foreground for elemental sonics to enter quietly into the mix and hover there, floating tensely yet nearly imperceptibly as Gregorio plays a "lyric" that touches on the infinite, the entire recording is a masterful, almost painterly work of subdued tonalities, spare, fragile utterances, and a restrained yet indisputable beauty. There is no genre whatsoever to place this music in except for a category called utterly beautiful. Krassner's Boxhead Ensemble offers music as song in the place of song as hype or as an island unto itself. This is brilliant work. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (12-1/02, p.78) - "...The group uses a set of Civil War-era melodies as launching points for gorgeous, meandering improvisations that resonate with ringing overtones and bristle with concealed dissonance. It's their best record yet..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (11/01, p.99) - "...Evocative...and utterly captivating....evolving slowly, with care and quiet grace..."
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