Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dysnomia by Dawn of Midi

Forget whatever
acoustic trio implies.
Their rhythm takes you.

If I told you that Dawn of Midi was an acoustic jazz trio that played ambient electronica you'd probably think that I had finally suffered a psychotic break with reality. But that's exactly what their performance sounds like. Or perhaps more accurately, it's the only way I can describe it.

After all, why should synths and electric guitars get to have all the fun with looping, phasing, and unusual time signatures? All of Dysnomia has a highly percussive sound from the drums (of course), the upright bass, and Belyamani's acoustic piano (is he plucking the wires?). Typically you'd think of drums as a band's musical foundation but with Dysnomia it's the bass upon which the interplay between the piano and drums takes place and it's the bass that ties it all together. At the same time there's a fuzzy touch to the performances that smooths over the almost mathematical, discrete complexity of the compositions. These guys would make Steve Reich proud (I wonder whether he was an influence) and they might be categorized with Bang on a Can and Alarm Will Sound.

Check out this video of one of their live performances.

Dawn of Midi is Qasim Naqvi (drums), Aakaash Israni (bass), and Amino Belyamani (piano). The album Dysnomia consists of 9 tracks (Io, Sinope, Atlas, Nix, Moon, Ymir, Ijiraq, Algol, Dysnomia).

Dysnomia is moon of the planet Eris, so-named because Dysnomia was also the "lawless" child of the Greek goddess Eris. It also refers to a memory issue. With Dysnomia, Dawn of Midi seems to have forgotten the past, ignored current musical precepts, and made something truly unique. 

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