Release Date: Mar 19, 2013
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Some of the most interesting recordings come from musicians who subvert their own perceived boundaries. For example, though perhaps better known as a guitarist, one of the most intriguing solo contrabass recordings in recent memory comes from Joe Morris (Sensor, No Business, 2010); and string multi-instrumentalist Alan Silva, known for his work with pianist-composer Cecil Taylor and trumpeter-composer Bill Dixon, is now often heard on an array of synthesizers. Bassist Jimy SeiTang of Rhyton (and formerly of Psychic Ills) cites pianist Keith Jarrett’s plugged-in work with Miles Davis as a formative influence on his solo electronics work, under the nom de plume Stygian Stride.
Jimmy SeiTang is long revered in New York avant-garde circles, associated with Psychic Ills, Rhyton, and the NNCK collective. Although diverse, much of those collaborations centered upon blues, rock, and psychedlic improvisation. His latest self-titled project sees a bold departure into electronica, recorded entirely on analogue equipment, and it gives us an insight into the true expanse of SeiTang’s ambition.