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Like Night

by Heroes of Toolik

An "off-kilter, post-punk supergroup", members and exes of Glenn Branca, Television, Modern Lovers, Rhys Chatham, Band of Susans, bring "deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling, post-Velvets grooves." (NY Music Daily)
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1. Perfect
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2. 8 Miles
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3. Something Like Night
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4. Warm
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5. Blind Man
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6. Say Virginia
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7. Again
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8. Crazy Doll
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9. You Will Not Follow
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Album Notes
From Aquarium Drunkard: "As a collective, Heroes of Toolik are a troth between legendary musicians of the past 45 years of the New York avant-garde. Featuring guitarist/vocalist Arad Evans (Glenn Branca Ensemble), guitarist Robert Poss (Rhys Chatham, Band of Susans), bassist Ernie Brooks (The Modern Lovers/David Johansen/Arthur Russell/Gary Lucas/Rhys Chatham), and Billy Ficca, drummer of Television and Neon Boys, the group seems to hide in plain slight; lords of the underground.
A rollicking carnivalesque experience, Heroes of Toolik stretch out into the horizon without sacrificing a tight grooving grip — an explorative scat of minimalist blues, rock & roll, psychedelic pop, orchestral folk, gothic bluegrass, and theatrical art-punk. Piercing moments of noise and pillows of rustic jazz find home on the same disc, existing in bountiful harmony. This focused yet spacious eclecticism reaches mastery on their forthcoming sophomore LP, Like Night, due out in August.
Produced by Wharton Tiers (Sonic Youth, New York Dolls, etc.), and recorded at Seaside Lounge and The Silent Barn in Brooklyn, the record captures strange magic in a bottle, thanks in no small part to the major contributions of trombonist John Speck and vocalist/violinist Jennifer Coates, whose performances on album highlights “Warm,” “Say Virginia,” and “Again” are breathtaking and bighearted. With an unaffected empathy, sentimental warmth, and daring compositional forms, bassist Ernie Brook’s involvement in Arthur Russell’s pivotal 1986 lp World of Echo really shines through on moments like these.
As a whole, Like Night exudes an aura of long summer nights, one of fireflies, transience and echoes – and nowhere so profoundly as on album closer “You Will Not Follow” whose luminous and misty tenor provides a hazy setting for Coates’ harmonic and austere, gazing commands, melting into the rich, sinuous wash amongst her brothers in arms. Heroes marching into the unknown. words / c depasquale



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