Charles, Barnacled's new full-length, and first outing for ESP-Disk', is a rollicking, propulsive offering featuring the band in some of its most intricate formations. This deftly arranged record follows Barnacled as it tightens itself into high corners, only to purposely fall down, find new ground, and pick itself back up again. This work is highly playful, even at its most intense—and it does get intense, with saxophone battles surging over electronics and highly distorted accordion fire offerings. Then all of a sudden the sound drops out, save for a plaintive lone bassoon call, or static from a short-wave radio that sounds soothing by comparison. Intertwining rhythms and melody lines then revolve around a pulse that creates a new frame of reference while also complicating it. This music invites deep listening, and rewards the curious. Often it is simply mesmerizing—essentially what adventurous minds have come to expect from the legendary ESP-Disk' oeuvre.
Frank Difficult: electronics/keyboard
Michael Jeffries: bass/baritone saxophone/modified Speak & Spell
Jason McGill: alto saxophone/percussion/shortwave radio
Matt McLaren: drums/percussion
Alec K. Redfearn: accordion
Ann Schattle: horn in F
Erica Schattle: bassoon
All Songs (Lindlism ASCAP).
Produced by Barnacled. Mixed by Barnacled and John Jacobson. Recorded by John Jacobson at Sound Station Seven, Providence, Rhode Island. Cover Photo by Paul James, band Photos by Allison Mowrer, other Photos by Jason McGill. Production Manager: Tom Abbs. Tape Transfer & Mastering by Steven Walcott. Design & Layout by Miles Bachman and Fumi Tomita.
"...the impressive musicianship and consistently fearless choices made by Barnacled turns this album into one of the more intriguing and enlivening modern-day fusions of recent memory, and perhaps for all time."
- Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
"Barnacled's music is like taking the phrase "square is the new cool" one step further. They recycle some of the older, simpler, or baroque kinds of music into something that's miles ahead of everyone else." - Pico, Blogscritics
"The music Barnacled makes is fun, free-form hilarity." - Sam Adams, Philadelphia Enquirer
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