West African rhythms collide with just intonation guitars, art-fire saxophone, minimalist grooves, and collaged zapdowns from Baltimore’s Horse Lords: Andrew Bernstein (saxophone/percussion), Max Eilbacher (bass/electronics), Owen Gardner (guitar), and Sam Haberman (drums) fuse together to carve out deep, hypnotic grooves of bold new American rock and roll. Playing custom electric guitars and basses refretted by Gardner, the band constructs layers of punching, syncopated phrases that call upon elements of krautrock, African poly-rhythms, and classical minimalism.
“This music feels very live, shivering with energy. Owen Gardner, the guitarist, has altered the frets on his guitar (and on Max Eilbacher’s bass) to accommodate the ancient just-intonation tuning system; the result is some warp and dissonance in his hammered, fast-picking patterns. Andrew Bernstein, the saxophonist, uses circular breathing to create continuous tones and patterns; in “Encounter II / Intervention II” recorded in a deep-echo space with the microphone far away from the horn, he works harmonics, key-clicking and weird timbres into a sustained improvisation” – Ben Ratliff/New York Times
Ooloi are an improvisational unit of Philadelphia punk, hip hop, noise and free jazz musicians. Everything about this music seemed impossible; the circumstances of its making are wreathed in nebulae; it is relevant to say that we all came to this from different places; it is relevant that in it is the energy of love and rage – the gamma-ray bursts of genders and histories undergoing gravitational collapse – the billion-year echoes of people who have been lost. The members of Ooloi are:
Ave – Bass Lev – Drums Joe – Feedback Mixer Christo – Guitar Ada – Alto Clarinet, Sampler