Album du jour: Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld: “Never were the way she was”

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My, my, what fabulous sounds can be found in the seams, edges and cracks of and betweeen musical genres. Today, for instance, we have a pair of instrumentalists associated with such major indie acts as Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, one a violinist, the other a specialist in low reeds (tenor & bass saxophone, contrabass clarinet), inventing and performing, without looping or overdubbing, original music combining elements of minimalism, free jazz, ambient, electronica, and noise, just to cite a few of their many influences. By turns ethereal, ecstatic and haunting, “Never were the way she was” (click to purchase and download) is the kind of album that keeps this old classical coot engaged with what those smart and talented young people are doing today. Check it out.

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