Our most recent Colin Stetson sighting came at a thoroughly emotional farewell show to the iconic experimental performance space Zebulon, a place where Stetson cut his teeth as an artist, and a place where he’d returned that night to relive memories, tangentially announce a new album, and brilliantly perform new material from it. It’s easy to go hyperbolic and purple trying to describe Stetson’s work, so I did just that in calling the material that night “breathless blizzards of arpeggios, haunting and sublime disembodied vocal moans.” Actually I was referring to this song in particular, and in hearing it again, it’s a pretty fair thing to say. And quite a sight to behold: Those moans come through the horn, with the same breath that’s informing those sax notes. Pretty dramatic fare. “High Above A Grey Green Sea” is from the third and final volume of his New History Warfare trilogy, an album recorded live in single takes, but for overdubbed vocals by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on four tracks. It’s out 4/30 on Constellation. You can hear “High Above” below.
Zebulon, we miss you baby.