Exposé Online banner

Ergo — Multitude, Solitude
(Cuneiform Rune 289, 2009, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01

Multitude, Solitude Cover art

A trio of drums, electric piano and synths, and trombone, although trombonist and bandleader / composer Brent Sroka spends at least as much time creating and processing sounds on the laptop, which for starters gives this band a fairly unique sound palette to work from. While one might suspect that all three players have strong improvisational jazz backgrounds, what Multitude, Solitude presents is something of a hybrid between minimalist jazz and dreamy ambient sounds and bits of everything else thrown in, with some electronic sound effects in the mix as well. Never abrasive, and always inviting, there is a lot more going on here – far more than one suspects at the first listen, slowly revealing itself one level at a time after numerous plays. The mood is reserved; there’s not a lot of instruments consuming all the free space, so for most of the duration the end result seems very expansive, with only occasional busy sections where increased sonic density punctuates the overall peaceful mood. The title track and “Vessel,” both at twelve minutes, are the standout cuts where the players fully stretch out, yet the three shorter cuts and especially “Actuator,” the nine minute closer (which often recalls the mood set by the opening minutes of “Facelift”), all do their part to contribute to this disc’s magical spell.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Ergo

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Dan Ar Bras - Douar Nevez 'Terre Nouvelle' – Finally, the long-awaited reissue of Dan Ar Bras' compelling first album. This is a very unique music, with wide-ranging influences, all served up in an inventive mix of moods and styles that pleases...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues