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Mike Lockwood's "LILT" Ekes Out Its Own Peace

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"LILT" begins with funerary horns lurching over skittering snare shots. As this introduction foretells, "LILT" itself plays out as an exercise in extremes—juxtaposition, syncopation, and tension tremble across the turbulent surface of Mike Lockwood's new record on Driftless RecordingsBONEPOCKET. Described by the label as Lockwood's "debut instrumental album as a composer," the record also marks a stylistic departure for Driftless as the "first true Jazz release amongst many ambient / instrumental / experimental releases."

Rife with clamoring instrumentation and bombastic contrasts, "LILT" soundtracks a breaking of new ground, both in terms of Lockwood's personal progress as a composer and in purely sonic terms: "LILT" sounds like nothing else. Growing out of the quivering start, clarinets, saxophones, bass, and jazz guitar swell into focus, swirling into a disjunct latticework of competing sounds. As this assemblage reaches its sqeualing summit, it careens back down to its origin—its original sparsity—collapsing on its impressive yet unstable framework. In this fantastic reversal, Lockwood and his cohort settle back down into a lilt, the delightful horn threnody of the track's beginning. "LILT" reminds us that ecstasy is nice, but so is clarity, so is comfort.

BONEPOCKET, Mike Lockwood's debut on Driftless Recordings is out now. Stream the first track, "LILT," below.

North Americans: "Lux"

North Americans:

Extraterrestrial imagery, and all the glances into uncharted territory it implies, runs wild throughout the music of North Americans, the solo project of Los Angeles-based Patrick McDermott, who also runs Driftless Recordings. "Lux" is taken from Legends, the moniker's second voyage, and it's a multi-tiered, densely constructed work. The majority of Legends was recorded throughout McDermott's 2014 travels, often when he was just on the brink of falling asleep, using that fine edge between consciousness to focus on crafting overwhelming sounds that drift between Pop-indebted drones and surf-tinged New Age. As the majority of the tunes began to form, the imagery that goes with it takes on a life of its own. To visualize the phenomenon McDermott drafted Ryan "Ghostdad" Sciano to make a video game entitled Legends as well, taking the music of the album and giving a hefty dose of the uncanny valley.

Legends is out soon on Driftless Recordings.