These jams are so righteous. I've never heard fretless guitar sound like that before, so many amazing styles blended together in perfect harmony. The whole band rips hard, every song cooks. Highly recommended.
Favorite track: I Am Inevitable.
If you love music that doesn't fit in the pigeonholes, this might be for you! Musical virtuosity with cross-cultural fertilization reminds me a little of Cyro Baptista or Koby Israelite, while the prog-metal passages make me think of lespecial. Superb! My favorite latest discovery.
Favorite track: Objects In Motion, Objects At Rest.
What an fantastic record. delivers on all fronts. plenty of shredding and lots of beauty. this will be playing in my rotation for quite some time. Can't wait to see these songs and versions live!
Sci-fi fusion trio Consider the Source began in the underbelly of NYC performing improvisational heavy sets soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles. Once the band realized they had something truly original they decided to take it on the road leading to 15 years of touring the U.S. in addition to Israel, Germany, Turkey and a trip to India. Their studio catalog has evolved into a wide range of progressive rock, classical, jazz and Eastern European music mixed with many other styles from around the world. The band's sound is always evolving and has led them to constantly chase something new and exciting.
Consider the Source is living a purpose, a life together, having fun and creating art. Their next release is titled Hybrid Vol. 1 | Such As A Mule, a reference to the mix of electric and acoustic tracks. The album brings the full CTS exploration, with an additional host of instruments - Uyghur Dutar, Banjo Bass, Dabuka, Dombra, Ukulele Bass, Djembe and more. It’s a strange thing to bring in a term like ‘Post-World Music’, but perhaps it is the best way to describe what is happening here. Consider the Source is not a world music band playing eastern European or Middle Eastern music, they are students of music and culture respecting the vast tradition and taking it into the 21st Century and beyond. This cultural fusion might also be a good descriptor, but in the end these terms fall short in describing the power and creativity at play here.
released December 17, 2021
John Ferrara: Electric and Acoustic Basses, Banjo Bass, Ukulele bass, Gimbri
Jeff Mann: Drumset, Doumbek, Darbuka, Djembe, Kanjira & Percussion
Gabriel Marin: Fretted/Fretless Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Uyghur Dutar, Uyghur Satar, Karakalpak Dutar, Persian Dutar, Dombra, Ukulele, Dede Saz, Fretless Chaturangui
Kevin Grossman at The Hangar
Jason Sarrubi at Split Rock Studio
Amrish Mahabir at Slamhouse Studios
Michael Cumming at Treacle Mine Recording
Mixed by Ian Schreier at Manifold Studios
Mastered by Michael Hynes at Nomatic Studio
Edited by Amrish Mahabir
Adam Grode - Uyghur Rawap on Abdurehim
Artwork and cover design by JustAJar Design Press
Photo credits - Dalvin Nichols, Kevin Grossman and Samantha Chamberlain
Layout by Andrew Mertz
supported by 17 fans who also own “Hybrid Vol. 1: Such As A Mule”
I have bought half a dozen copies as gifts for my friends. This album has the complexity that hooks me and the emotion that keeps me coming back. I loved this album for the instrumentation from the get go, but reading and hearing Jon's inspiration for each song in the sheet music and on his Patreon has truly helped me connect with this music on a deeper level. PILLAR has Anthems, Jams, Lullabys, Earworms, Solos, Licks, careful thought and improv! Buy it and keep it close. Reko