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Format: CD


Release Date:  28 January 2022

Label:  Discus Music

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5051078990026

Genres:  Jazz  Contemporary  

  • Description

    Anthropods is the new band from American drummer and composer, Mark Holub. Holub, known mainly as bandleader of the acclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated Led Bib has with 'Anthropods' created his first project as a leader since starting Led Bib in 2003. While some of Holub's trademark Led Bib style is evident here, the album is full of contrasts, from pastoral beauty to dense free improvisation to heavy grooves, showcasing sides of Holub's work well beyond his work with his earlier group.

    Short punchy compositions like "Forest Capers" remind us of the Led Bib sound, but the improvisation is more open, travelling in surprising new directions. Same goes for "Pumpkin Patch", a track where we hear Holub's more groove-based writing, but in the improvising the band explores different territory. We also hear much more of the softer side of Holub's writing such as on tracks like "The Bells", "Home", and "Sea" and in general this album puts this more reflective, poignant approach more front and centre. While much of the improvising on the album is very free, it is never fully abstract. There is always a deep connection between the players, as well as a connection to the compositions themselves which keeps the listener always somehow anchored to something.

    With this first release of this new five-piece ensemble, we get a glimpse into what these musicians have to offer the world and each other.

    Mark Holub: drums
    Clemens Sainitzer: cello
    Irene Kepl: violin
    Susanna Gartmayer: bass clarinet
    Jakob Gnigler: tenor saxophone

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Sea
      • 2. Forest Capers
      • 3. Messy To Me
      • 4. The Bells
      • 5. One Way
      • 6. For Charles
      • 7. Lunges
      • 8. Pumpkin Patch
      • 9. Home