We were instantly taken by A Boat Upon Its Blood, the debut album from Montréal composer, improviser and saxophonist Jason Sharp, when it came out in 2016. So we’re glad he’s following it up with a new album, Stand Above The Streams, slated for February 23rd release through Constellation. As well as playing sax, Sharp also continued to develop his custom-built equipment, breathing and signal processing techniques to create all the sound sources on the record, as the press released explains, with the exception of violin on one song from Jesse Zubot. “Bass and baritone saxophones, heartbeat, pulse, and breathing are played/processed in real time”, it adds, using Sharp’s own signal-bending synthesis rig and also the bespoke ‘controlled feedback’ amplification system from Canadian sound artist Adam Basanta, who collaborated on the album.
For a riveting taste of the upcoming Stand Above The Streams, listen to an excerpt from it, ‘Stand Above The Streams Pt. 3B’.