The Naked Future

Gigantomachia CD

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Recorded 8/8/08 in Portland, OR, The Naked Future, is a quartet of four drunken wizards conjuring up a heady brew. Their diverse backgrounds from the classical, rock and experimental realms forge a release modernist in its construction with more than a pinch of old time alchemy. ESP is proud to welcome them to its circle with their first CD release, Gigantomachia. After several solo albums and many shared projects pianist Thollem McDonas lays the unrelenting line on which futures can be built. Delirious percussion is provided by John Niekrasz, a drummer and composer from Chicago. He is a disciple of Indian tabla master Pandit Lachu Maharaj and performs with Ecstatic Peace recording artists Poor School, syllabic-structuralists Why I Must Be Careful, and tight improv trio Thicket. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as John Wiese, Wally Shoup, John Gruntfest, and Doug Theriault. Gregg Skloff's "powertool" school of bass-fiddling is well refined, having graduated from such diverse groups as cloaca clock, Captain's Daughter, Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! and Counterfeit Monsters. From his first solo works on Pine Cone Alley, his continuous work with the Old Time Relijun and solo work on K Records, Arrington de Dionyso has followed a trajectory to land him here, squarely in the Naked Future, handling the duties of conductor and bass clarinet. Personnel Arrington de Dionyso: bass clarinet, contralto clarinet, Thollem McDonas: piano, John Niekrasz: drums, Gregg Skloff: bass, Track Listing: 1. We Binge on a Bloodthirsty God 2. We Boil the Raven's Skull Into Gold 3. We Engage the Monstrous With Our Mirrors 4. We Fly Beneath and Above the Flux 5. We Sleep in a Rabbit Hole Press Quotes Whether it's Tuvan throat singing, the bass clarinet, or yet-unnamed homemade instrumentsラwhich all share familiar deep drones and free-jazz runsラ Dionyso is consistently and ferociously breathing out. "It's a step away from hyperventilating," he says. "It's a very lucid, aware kind of space." The exertion becomes trance-like. - Andrew R. Tonry (The Portland Mercury) And his (Thollem McDonas) music cannot be categorized. He could easily be the next underground indie-folk star or the next hip jazz experimenter. But fortunately for McDonas, none of that matters. The work he produces is varied and original; his influences are incredibly disparate. One minute he is running through a Tom Waits sounding piano and vocal piece. The next minute drops into a grooving samba tune. And best part is that through all these styles, McDonas manages to keep an almost entirely original voice. - Ryan McDermott (One Final Note) Thollem McDonas, a fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with classical chops and an attractively extreme viewpoint. - Greg Burk (LA Weekly)