Expanding on the adventurous techniques that manifested their self-titled debut album, Chicago improvising trio, Hearsay returns with Glossolalia.
Comprised of visionary experimental sound artist Allen Moore, versatile cellist / guitarist / composer Ishmael Ali, and dynamic drummer Bill Harris, Hearsay cultivates a distinct and captivating aesthetic that traverses ethereal dimensions, gradually morphing rhythmic tapestries, and electrifying improvised soundscapes that bounce off of free jazz and textural noise music to land on a kind of wild and bounding avant-groove music that is as pleasing as it is avant-garde.
Their music elicits a mesmerizing blend of textures, as if conjured from another dimension, leaving listeners both spellbound and invigorated. Fractured but soulful blasts of uncanny soul emerge from Allen Moore's breathtaking, adventurous turntablist experiments to dance against –– and eventually with –– Bill Harris's propulsive drumming and Ishmael Ali's electrifying pursuits: he seems to discover melodies on his cello as much as create them.
Glossolalia is a testament to the boundless creativity that emerged during their fruitful recording sessions. Pushing the boundaries of experimental music even further, this latest offering embraces a vast sonic palette, seamlessly interweaving timbres, grooves, and a compelling interplay that defies categorization but evokes familiarity and wonder. The results are difficult to categorize but will be well-loved by fans of contemporary sonic adventurers like Valentina Magaletti and Maria Chavez or fellow Chicagoan, the late jaimie branch's work in Anteloper, as well as those who turn regularly to the rich and wild depths of the ESP-Disk discography or that of the AACM.
Allen Moore - turntables
Ishmael Ali - cello, guitar
Bill Harris - drum set
Recorded at Marmalade in Chicago, on January 16 and 17, 2021 by Ishmael Ali and Bill Harris.
Mixing and mastering by Ishmael Ali and Bill Harris.
Artwork by Jacob van Loon.