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When Kid Millions and Sarah Bernstein conceptualized their new album, they decided to move away from well-trodden improvisational approaches and towards more transcendental, otherworldly sounds. Pulling inspiration from disparate influences such as early liturgical music, Ornette Coleman, Laurie Anderson, the minimalist metal band Sleep, Yoko Ono, masters of dub, drummers Milford Graves and Tony Williams, and composers Morton Feldman and Lou Harrison, they set out to create a cyclical form of spontaneous thematic music. The result is driving and expressive, with pieces of gem-like brevity placed alongside others of sustained evolving intensity.
Colpitts and Bernstein started playing together regularly in 2014. Their early performances were surprising, suggesting new avenues of spontaneous composition. They gradually developed an approach that utilizes an extreme range of dynamics and note density, from pin-drop violin pizzicato and cymbal scraping to powerful electronics, wild vocalizations, and unrelenting drum textures. “Broken Fall” is their second album with 577 Records. This recording is the first to include Sarah’s poetry as lyrics. The text is barely decipherable, intertwined musically with her otherwise wordless vocal expression, yet the rhythm of the words and the meaning drives the temperament of the album. "Broken Fall" is a huge step forward for the duo; an album that fully captures their fluent musical relationship.
released August 30, 2019
Sarah Bernstein: violin, voice, electronics
Kid Millions: drums
Recorded January 18, 2019
Recorded by Colin Marston at Menegroth, Queens, NY
Mixed by Colin Marston
Master by Josh Bonati
Cover photograph by John Colpitts
Graphic design by Sergio Vezzali
All music by Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein (BMI)
577 Records is an independent record label based in Brooklyn, New York operating since 2001
We need more Rachel Musson in our lives. A bright and creative player that is so painfully understated in her sound that you find more with each and every listen. Also search out Transoceanico on 577, and recognise: we need more Rachel Musson. Tachymètre