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New History Warfare Vol. 3 : To See More Light

Colin Stetson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Constellation
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. And In Truth 1:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hunted 5:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. High Above a Grey Green Sea 4:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. In Mirrors 1:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brute 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Among the Sef 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Who the Waves Are Roaring For 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. To See More Light15:07Album Only
Listen  9. What Are They Doing In Heaven Tonight? 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. This Bed Of Shattered Bone 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Part Of Me Apart From You 5:510.79  Buy MP3 

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Final Installment In A Trilogy Of Solo Albums Following Appearance Of Vol. 2: Judges (2011) , On Many Best-Of-Year Lists // Vocal Contributions From Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) On 4 Songs // Recorded By Grammy-Winner Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire) And Mixed By Groundbreaking Electronic/Ambient/Noise Producer Ben Frost // Colin Stetson established himself as an intensely original solo composer and performer in 2011 with the release of the widely acclaimed New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges. Judges ended up on countless year-end lists and emphatically proved that Stetson's approach to solo saxophone transcends niche or genre; a unique and emotionally resonant instrumental music with influences as wide-ranging as jazz, metal, pop, soul, drone, industrial, minimalism, electro-acoustic and modern contemporary. Remarkably, Stetson channels these manifold musical strains into a singularly identifiable and personal sound as a polyphonic soloist who doesn't rely on looping/layering or multitrack/overdubs technologies. Anyone who has seen Stetson in solo performance can attest to the stunning physicality of his circular-breathing technique and capacity to produce a seemingly impossible palate of multiple voicings simultaneously in real time making his already beautiful and evocative compositions all the more enrapturing and viscerally human. New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the final installment in a trilogy of solo albums and is Stetson s most ambitious song cycle to date, again recorded live in single takes with a wide array of microphone positions and again mixed by groundbreaking producer Ben Frost. Colin's membership in Bon Iver over the past two years has also led to vocal contributions from Justin Vernon for this record, who appears on four songs, with a diverse approach on each, and whose voice constitutes the only overdubbing on the album. The new record's 15-minute centerpiece, title track "To See More Light", is the longest piece Stetson has yet recorded and possibly the heaviest: a tour de force of swirling arpeggiation, continuous breathing, pumping valves and vocalizations through the reed of the horn that gives way to a tremendous, screaming, sea-sawing dirge through the song's final movement. This latter stretch conjures a sort of saxophonic sludge metal, and the album's heaviosity references other sub-genres of metal as well, most notably in the hardcore blast of "Brute" (abetted by Vernon's cookie monster barking) and the ambient grindcore throb of "Hunted". In other instances, the album is soulful and even hymnal, especially where Vernon's vocals play a lead role: opener "And In Truth" (featuring Vernon's most instantly recognisable contribution, of massed, multi-tracked harmonies), the cover of Washington Phillips' gospel tune "What Are They Doing In Heaven Today", and "Among The Sef" where Vernon (singing a lyric written by Stetson) delivers one of the more tender and honest vocal performances we've heard from him in any context. New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the most cohesive and fully realized of Stetson's solo albums to date. It should reliably stand as the apotheosis of the New History Warfare trilogy, and certainly signals the full flourishing of Stetson's unique talents as both composer and performer, pressing his arsenal of virtuosic saxophone techniques into the service of vivid, impassioned and conceptually astute songcraft.

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Ripe 2013 album from the Canadian prog-saxophonist who's toured with Arcade Fire and TV On The Radio! Vocals on four songs by Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. ("New History Warfare : Volume Three - To See More Light")

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chewy 17 Mar 2014
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I find that listening to this album is interesting in different each time. I don't always enjoy it but I always feel that I'm getting something out of it. A real depth and something to chew over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New History warfare 5 Sep 2013
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Interesting music, some of which is quite disquieting. Will have to listen to it several more times...perhaps a little specialist
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4.0 out of 5 stars A minor masterpiece 23 May 2013
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Since Colin Stetson's first New History Warfare, I've been impressed by his masterful technique, but not necessarily a huge fan of his sound. But this new album has come along at just the right time to become the soundtrack to a somewhat unhappy period in my life, and it is proving incredibly cathartic. The raw power of some of these songs - Among the Sef, Who the Waves Are Roaring For, To See More Light - makes me so intensely emotional that I almost break down. I wouldn't say that the album is perfectly consistent, but its finest moments are just stunning. I don't know how I would react to seeing Stetson perform live, but I think that I would probably have a 'moment'. I hope I get the chance some day. His music isn't for everyone - it's not even always for me - but listening to this album is an important daily part of my life right now.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 3 April 2014
By Cochese - Published on
This record is a triumph and is truly original. Nobody does what Colin Stetson does.
I'm so glad I got this record. It's an inspiration.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stetson You Can Play To Your Mother 8 Mar 2014
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This work is a bit more accessible than the first two volumes and while I found that a little disappointing, myself, I recognize that for someone like Stetson to 'get over' commercially, he has to occasionally make stuff that's palatable to the ear.

To that end, Bon Iver/Justin Vernon is along for the wild ride. It's still edgy, challenging music so if you've come this far, don't jump ship yet!
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing, unlike anything you've ever heard 28 Dec 2013
By Ryan - Published on
When I first heard Colin Stetson it was through his sophmore album, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges. I turned out the lights and closed my eyes while listening to the entire album. When the music stopped, I was speechless.

Colin Stetson has already begun mastering his craft, and he's bending all the rules to make the music he wants to make. It's utterly inspirational, beautiful, haunting, and mesmerizing all at the same time... and Vol. 3 is no exception. As hard as it is for me to say this, I think I like it even more than Vol. 2. The songs range from very melodic to extremely fast paced and abrasive, but they do so in a way that almost tells a story. Justin Vernon even pokes his head in cooing some very complimentary vocals throughout a couple songs.

If you haven't listen to this album yet, you're missing out. It will one day be considered a classic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album! best I've heard yet from Colin Stetson 20 Sep 2013
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This album blows my mind. He has an intimate relationship with that saxophone. The last song "Part of me apart from you" breaks my heart.
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