Pm004 - Sontag Shogun, "Absent Warrior, Abandoned Battlefield" CD
Release Date: July 18, 2012
CDEP Edition of 200.
AW, AB was recorded live at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge in Brooklyn NY, March 2012. Mixed by Jeremy Young.
Sontag Shogun is:
Ian Temple on piano, organ.
Jesse Perlstein on laptop, treated vox.
Jeremy Young on oscillators, tapes, contact mics, brushes.
This live performance (released in full) marked the return of Sontag Shogun's piano trio format, after a long period of experimentation with both improvisation and the use of signal-filtration systems. For most of this era, SS had been developing site-specific collages of both audio and video feeds from stacked TVs, doubly-filtered through Jesse's laptop and Jeremy's electronics, blanketed by a confusing grid of live piano loops. SS also spent time improvising with artists as diverse as Tom Carter, Matana Roberts and Aki Onda. Absent Warrior, Abandoned Battlefield presents the trio's natural ability to craft linear song-structures, making use of reel-to-reel tapes, treated vocals, oscillators and contact mic'd brushes alongside the usual piano + electronix. These five lush, shapeshifting pieces paint lonely and desolate landscapes of wind-swept grass, galloping seas and glacial permafrost, slowly building, slowly taking away.
Absent warrior, abandoned battlefield
Dawn has eaten the stars
Its hungry tongue laps at the moon.
1. Hungarian Wheat
4. Paper Canes
5. Musk Ox