Swiss Instrumental Progressive Rock, Math Rock project Sonar with David Torn and J. Peter Schwalm published the track “First Movement” from upcoming album “Three Movements” due out June 23, 2023 via 7d Media. Purchase and Stream the track on Bandcamp:
A two-year break due to Covid provided opportunity for the development of what is surely Sonar’s most ambitious work to date.
The three pieces that form the album ultimately reveal themselves to be movements in a single long-form composition, one that moves with intention through peaks and valleys of the timbral, temporal and textural variety, leaving the listener emotionally exhausted but spiritually satiated at journey’s end.
With each listen, new details emerge, all of them worth noting, as minimalist guitar motifs commingle with delicious restraint, polyrhythms lend an air of dramatic unfolding, and the bass makes statements of rhythmic and tonal stability at one moment, then skillfully disrupts the equilibrium with odd-time ostinati the next. The sum effect suggests what it might be like to watch a relay race being run inside a hall of mirrors, a feat of daring handled with offhand grace and unerring eloquence by the band members.
Atop it all sits iconoclastic guitarist David Torn, like the Buddha on a mountaintop, offering shards of audio poetry in a language you’ve never heard and yet are somehow familiar with.
Sonar summons a world of wonder here, and invites you inside for what demands to be an immersive experience. In that world, nothing is where you thought it would be. And yet, everything is in its right place.
Pre-Order the album on Bandcamp: https://sonar-band.bandcamp.com/album/three-movements
- First Movement
- Second Movement
- Third Movement
Christian Kuntner / Bass
Manuel PasquinelliI / Drums
J. Peter Schwalm / Electronics
Stephan Thelen / Guitar, Programming
David Torn / Guitar, Live Looping
Bernhard Wagner / Guitar, Live Looping