Astroturf Noise - Astroturf Noise
Cat. no: LP577R5839
Release Date: 25th December 2020
Astroturf Noise exists at the intersection of free improvisation, effectsheavy noise music, and American roots music.
The group’s sound marries the propulsive rhythmic drive of bluegrass with the snarl of Downtown agitators such as the Lounge Lizards, Arto Lindsay, and James Chance along with textural flavors touching on glitch music, dub, doom metal, and Ornette Coleman.
A broad melange to be sure, but one anchored by the group’s energetic drive and idiosyncratic improvisational language. This is the synthetic counterpoint to Bill Monroe’s ‘Bluegrass Boys’. Astroturf Noise was formed by Sam Day Harmet (mandolin/fx) and Sana Nagano (violin/fx) in 2016 after meeting at Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio and discovering a shared affinity for high-energy free improv and American folk traditions.
After a period of developing as a duo, they added versatile bassist Zach Swanson in 2018. Their debut self-titled album features guest contributions from genre-defying artists Billy Martin (percussion) and Sarah Bernstein (violin).
Tracks: Orange Blossom Bullet Train (ft. Billy Martin) 5:21 / Black Berry (ft. Sarah Bernstein) 1:57 / Morning Zephyr Waltz 4:13 / Metropolitan Special 4:42 / Blue Comet Bankruptcy (ft. Billy Martin) 5:12 / Liberty 5:15 / Cluck 9:32
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