New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Getting your mind around Colin Stetson's solo work isn't easy: This set starts with a growling yawp of baritone saxophone before departing for more adventurous musical turf of electronic pulses, swirling loops and teeth-gnashing noise. Impressive, certainly, but when you consider that this former Arcade Fire and Bon Iver touring sideman recorded the brilliant mess of New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges entirely live in single takes at Montreal's Hotel2Tango studio, it's clear his talent is staggering. Somewhere between free jazz and art rock, this is every bit as challenging as it is rewarding.