Variety Of Live - from 2015 - is Samuel Hällkvist's (Isildurs Bane) 5th as band leader.
A vibrant blend of live band recordings and studio overdubs, the album combines eerie wordless vocals, sizzling electronica, waves of surf guitar, driving beats and a sense of restless experimentation that incorporates (and moves beyond the boundaries of) Rock, Jazz, Prog, Fusion and Minimalist influences.
The band includes Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on drums and Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd) on bass.
Richard Barbieri guests and writes two of the pieces, while Sid Smith provides sleeve notes.
“Samuel Hällkvist is a unique guitarist. His use of sound and choice of notes puts him in a class of his own.” - Phil Manzanera
CD in double gatefold card wallet.
1. GREYER MELANGE (5:50)
2. CHORD: HORROR VACUI (4:59)
3. MIRROR GARDEN (2:27)
4. KLOPOTEC (4:47)
5. HERU RA-HA / ROAD (7:49)
6. MUSIC FOR THE MARACA TRIPLET (6:44)
7. IN TRANSFER (2:22)
8. SPOOKY COUNTRY (3:36)
9. CLUCK OLD HEN (5:21)
10. in girum imus nocte ecce et consumimur igni (5:58)
the Variety of Loud ensemble:
Samuel Hällkvist, guitars, devices, MIDI programming
Pat Mastelotto, traps & buttons
Qarin Wikström, voice & keys
Guy Pratt, bass
Stefan Pasborg, drums
with special guests:
Richard Barbieri - Keyboards, Synthesizers, Programming.
Mocca 木歌 - voice
Yazz Ahmed - trumpet
Denys Baptiste - sax
Yukiko Taniguchi - voice