Joyful Noise Recordings

CJ Boyd

Aerial Roots

  • (black vinyl)

$12.00

Release Info

Catalog #: JNR41
Release Date: 11/09/2009

Track List

  1. Everytime I Don The Ski Mask (15:14)
  2. Pensive Pez (8:54)
  3. We Know Time (19:50)  [MP3 Sample]

Description

Deep-sea-diving for the hungry and alone... "Aerial Roots", the latest album from C.J. Boyd, contains three songs, and clocks in at just under 45 minutes. The notoriously nomadic bass player has been creating his ethereal soundscapes for nearly a decade, playing hundreds of shows, conveying his particular artistic ideals and a certain undefined spirituality wherever he plays. Committed to improvisational and experimental music, CJ has no "scene" or "genre" proper. Whether at a DIY venue or at an established club, the idea seems to be to escape from everything mundane, to have the whole audience leave their bodies and fly with him above it all. And while "Aerial Roots" has more anarchist body odor than much of the music today, the similarities between CJ Boyd and the punk underground only extend as far as their ideals. That is to say, though CJ Boyd often shares the stage with crust-punk virtuosos, his music remains starkly beautiful and original. 

Equal parts ambient and virtuosic, CJ Boyd's bass playing builds upon a foundation of great bassists like Charles Mingus and Edgar Meyer. C.J. Boyd's aesthetic sensibility seeks to wed minimalism with a chamber-esque maximalism. Often flowing from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound, CJ masterfully orchestrates waves of bass loops coupled with Jazz-driven improvisational prowess. Utilizing only various bass instruments and some human-mouth-sounds, creating these lush arrangements is no small feat. Never suffering from the structureless experimentation so prevalent in improvised music, CJ Boyd's vision spawns a record that is quite beautiful, and at times enlightening. As Tiny Mix Tapes puts it, "this is heavenly stuff"...
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