Song of the Day: Natural Information Society feat Evan Parker – descencion (Out of Our Constrictions)
Joshua Abrams with Natural Information Society shares a new composition descension (Out of Our Constrictions) featuring free jazz master Evan Parker.
Chicago-based Natural Information Society is unlike any other being made today. Their sixth album in eleven years for Eremite Records, descension (Out of Our Constrictions) is the first to be recorded live, featuring a set from London’s Cafe OTO with veteran English free-improv great Evan Parker, & the first to feature just one extended composition. The 75-minute performance, inspired by the galvanizing presence of Parker, is a sustained bacchanalia of collective ecstasy. You could call it their party album.
"I dee-jayed for years in Chicago & lessons I learned from playing records for dancing inform how I think about the group’s music. The listener can make connections to aspects of soul music, electronic music, minimalism, traditional folk musics, & other musics of the diaspora as well. It’s about these aspects coming together. I don’t need to mimic something, I need to embody it to get to the spirit, to get to the living thing”, Joshua Abrams says.
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In the late 1980s, while living in Philadelphia Joshua Abrams was a member of Square Roots, a street music group that developed into The Roots. He moved to Chicago and played as a bassist with Jeff Parker, Tortoise, Town and Country, Hamid Drake, and Matana Roberts. He was a member of Mike Reed's Loose Assembly and Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble. He played bass on albums of Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In 2010, Abrams started the band Natural Information Society, with six albums released by Eremite Records.