Exposé Online banner

Yeti Rain — Stars Fall Darkly
((Not on label) no#, 2013, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-02-14

Stars Fall Darkly Cover artDarkly, indeed. The improvisations presented by this trio (bass, drums, and winds) tend toward the atmospheric side, even when things get noisy and chaotic. There are long sections of relatively quiet, floating tones, though an air of ominous foreboding haunts the listener, perhaps brought on by the knowledge that something loud is bound to happen before long. All the players augment their instruments with electronics, from simple effects pedals to unidentifiable processing, and in addition, quite frequently produce sounds in ways other than would be learned in class. William Kopecky's bass and Roger Ebner's saxes (etc.) generally grab the listener's attention the most. Kopecky is sometimes fretless and rubbery like Mick Karn, sometimes fuzzed-out and snarling like some kind of demon; Ebner is all over the place, screeching and squawking one moment, blowing air past the reed menacingly the next, tossing off a wobbly Middle Eastern melody after that. Craig Walker's drums do often set tempos, providing some nice slinky grooves here and there, but also provide washes of texture without pulse. Throughout, the trio avoid many of the pitfalls of improvised music, never coming off as atonal look-at-me posturing or simple-minded one-chord jamming. In short, another outstanding outing from Yeti Rain.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Yeti Rain

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Trey Gunn / Marco Minnemann - Modulator – From the outset this recording sounds like a modern update of Eddie Jobson’s UK on steroids, with a scoop of 21st century Crimson on top. It was arrived at in a fascinating way. Master...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues