Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

81

Jess Rowland: Spambots

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
San Francisco-based sound artist, synthesist and commissioned composer Jess Rowland assembles a freaky android-like aural fest via text-to-speech loops, cyclical narrations and perhaps modern era Beat poetry atop supercharged electronics and dissimilar tonalities. Running at LP length, Rowland and drummer Pete Stalsky don't overcook matters. Her overlapping narrations, sometimes built on short phrases and a mélange of effects ride above the drummer's staggered cadences. Yet the duo intersperses crunching distortion and electro-mechanical type sounds into the mix.

Rowland enacts a buoyant platform, and fuses ambient soundscapes, thunder and percussion into "Invisible." Moreover, she talks about dropping acid on the amusing "Hot Dog Acid pt. 1" also featuring narrative overlays, sax parts and keys augmented by her sardonic wit, as "Hot Dog Acid pt. 2" is about eating a hot dog while hallucinating. Here, she embeds a lounge music vibe with zany electronics treatments. On "Random Access Y," a programmatic pulse underscores fragmented diversions and a soprano sax that sounds as though it's way off in the distance. Indeed, Rowland employs a vast array of samples and all things electronic or digital as an abstract artist would use a brush and easel.

Many of these often speedily paced iterations feature recurring narratives, seemingly induced with computer software manipulations and a highly rhythmic platform. Think of a hyper maniacal Captain Beefheart for the Internet information age, spiced with reverberating themes and an undulating soundstage that is wacky, crazily entertaining and shrewdly enacted from start to finish. Thus, Rowland makes her case rather effectively during a judiciously meted out timeframe sans any overkill.

Track Listing: Capitalism Lobster; Whose Pockets; Spambots; Plastiglomerate; Invisibility; Hot Dog Acid (part 1); Hot Dog Acid (part 2); Random Access G; Return of the Spambots; Random Access X; Random Access Y; Random Access Z; Return of the Spambots (part 2).

Personnel: Jess Rowland: tonal instruments, electronics, programming; Pete Stalsky: drums.

Title: Spambots | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Edgetone Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Spambots

Spambots

Edgetone Records
2015

buy

Related Articles

Read Pillars CD/LP/Track Review
Pillars
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk CD/LP/Track Review
Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious...
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Pardes CD/LP/Track Review
Pardes
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Strings 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Strings 1
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Music for a Free World CD/LP/Track Review
Music for a Free World
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 10, 2018
Read Rats Live on No Evil Star CD/LP/Track Review
Rats Live on No Evil Star
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 9, 2018
Read "Old Soul" CD/LP/Track Review Old Soul
by Anya Wassenberg
Published: February 26, 2018
Read "The Influencing Machine" CD/LP/Track Review The Influencing Machine
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "From Outer Space" CD/LP/Track Review From Outer Space
by Thad Aerts
Published: March 11, 2018
Read "The Speed of Dark" CD/LP/Track Review The Speed of Dark
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 21, 2018
Read "Outsidethebox" CD/LP/Track Review Outsidethebox
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 16, 2018
Read "Dreamstruck" CD/LP/Track Review Dreamstruck
by Don Phipps
Published: November 20, 2018