Ex Eye – the experimental project led by avant-garde saxophonist Colin Stetson – have premiered their debut album at Stereogum. The album will officially be out this Friday, June 23, via Relapse Records and can be purchased here. Check out the dense, throttling and wondrously odd record after the break.
Check out our new review of the record here.
Much like John Zorn, but perhaps not as credited as he should be, Colin Stetson has helped redefine the saxophone and pushed the boundaries of its application in music. The eclectic saxophonist and multireedist can be heard in albums by higher profile acts like Tom Waits and Bon Iver, as well as in his critically-acclaimed solo records. His singular style of playing and recording captures his complex licks, the percussive sounds of his fingers on the instrument itself, and the sounds and vibrations emitting from his throat, resulting in a haunting, otherworldly sound that is like none other.
Stetson released his newest solo venture, All This I Do For Glory, earlier this year and is yet another record in a long line of solid releases. But, apparently, this incredible piece wasn’t all he had up his sleeve for 2017.
Experimental outfit Ex Eye have announced the release of their debut full-length album. The forthcoming self-titled affair, which was recorded live at Ismaily’s Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY, will be released through Relapse Records on June 23. The outfit is led by virtuosic saxophonist Colin Stetson and he is accompanied by drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy), guitarist Toby Summerfield and Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Ceramic Dog) on synths. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found below.
The album’s first single, “Opposition/Perihelion; The Coil”, can also be found after the break.
Pre-order the record here.
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