We’ve got something a bit different from usual for our next release: Meeting of Waters by Josiah Steinbrick.
Back in 2017 the unassuming Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and producer released his first collection of solo pieces and we’ve been listening to it compulsively since then. Given that its initial release was only in North America, both on cassette with Leaving records and in an extremely limited vinyl self-release via BANANA editions, we felt that this meticulously crafted, essential work righteously deserved to get a proper spin in Europe too!
The album is composed of what you could call nine sculptural environments, each a mixture of organic sketches and improvisations, recorded rapidly and more or less free of any processing. Each piece is based on up to five simple elements - electronic and/or (tonal) percussions - used to create subtle evolving patterns and harmonies. The sounds explore the wilderness of jazz in a concrete setting, devotional in nature, creating a timeless cartography.
The attention to detail and the depth of the production on this record is magnificent, making the listener's journey through these personal, cinematic landscapes all the more poignant.
releases May 31, 2019
Cat.#: HITD 048
Composed and performed by Josiah Steinbrick with synthesizers, percussion and natural objects
Produced by Cate Le Bon
Recorded by Samur Khouja
Additional Synthesizer on 7 / Cate Le Bon
Marimbaphone on 4 / Matthew Compton
Mixing & Mastering by Samur Khouja
Cutting @ Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin
Cover drawing by Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh
Art Direction by Josiah Steinbrick & Jeremy Rendina
Photo by Todd Weaver
supported by 5 fans who also own “Meeting of Waters”
Very pleasant music that draws me in. I hear a kind of charm in many of Les' compositions (here and in his "Invisible Cities" album) -- along with quiet mysteries that don't need to be solved -- just enjoyed. Brian Flaherty