' Ballister, to Chicago's Fast Citizens, and his own Valentine Trio, Seval, ADA Trio, and The Boxhead Ensemble. Stirrup is a trio formed from the rhythm section of Horse's Ha, an indie/folk/rock band. Lonberg-Holm, bassist Nick Macri, and drummer Charles Rumback come together as Stirrup, a Midwestern answer to Bill Frisell
With his electronics mischief included, Lonberg-Holm can stretch his cello to sound like an electric violin"Super Seeded" or a Japanese koto"Song For Salim." He also doubles on tenor guitar"Zenith II" for a more diverse sound. The first track, "Zenith," displays his extended cello technique complemented by electronics. The cellist is dutifully supported by Rumback and Macri with a rock-solid groove as a platform for his explorations. Pieces of blues slip out, rock is hinted at, as are hypnotic folky soundscapes. Stirrup coats American roots music with a layer of avant sound delivered with a pleasing infectious groove.
Track Listing: In Zenith I; Floating Melody; The Profit of Field Stripping; Super Seeded; Song for Salim; Insen
for Yonsei; Convulsive; In Zenith II.
Personnel: Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello, tenor guitar; Nick Macri: bass; Charles Rumback: drums.