Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
You will also receive a digital booklet designed by Jamie Breiwick of Bside Graphics featuring liner notes by Christopher Porterfield of Field Report and PDF booklet of Devin's compositions from the record.
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Double vinyl LP of Devin Drobka Trio's RESORTS. Cover design by Jamie Breiwick of Bside Graphics. Available and shipped December 2021.
Includes unlimited streaming of Resorts
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
There was ending, this much we know. The ache is inescapable. But Resorts, the new album by Devin Drobka Trio, doesn’t foist a narrative on us. It instead creates prismatic environments for us to quietly discover our own.
Resorts is as much an ambient record as it is a jazz record, as much Trent Reznor as Sonny Rollins. Drobka’s papery paresthetic snare brushes whisper; his toms and Aaron Darrell’s bass melt into one another. Matt Blair’s piano intervals are as open as radiator pings; other times, his tumbling lines echo Ravel’s sentimental waltzes.
These compositions began as Drobka’s voice memo sketches, alone, at home, as home was being redefined. And while the gorgeous sound of Resorts will delight audiophiles, the spirit of the record is still very much in line with those first demos. The captured intimate moments and room sounds put you voyeuristically in the room (and catapult Wire & Vice toward the top of the list of midwestern destination studios for capturing restless jazz).
On “Soon” the quiet is shocking. Blair’s wide piano intervals leave the house so empty that we hear Drobka’s drums make tea for one while the furnace kicks on. The bass follows a wandering thought and the piano, looking away, quietly confirms its suspicion. The cymbals, no longer brassy, flushed hot with embarrassment.
In “Bounce” the near-harmonium bowed bass drones a mantra beneath the rising outline of Debussy-esque piano chords while the toms roll to a boil, finally rattling the lid off the watched pot. “Box Invention” is leaving the house for the first time. The noise of the outside world, once an indifferent partner, is now just indifferent.
“Rims” reprises “Bounce” but in doing so turns it into a kind of “Dance of the Dream Man” from Twin Peaks and begins to herald some kind of divinity at work, hinting at the quiet redemption of “Teeter” which simply needs to be experienced. Resorts is an album for small moments that contain black holes, the heaviness collapsing into itself.
Resorts is an album about change. The word ‘resort’ might conjure escape. The ‘resort’ closest to the spirit of Resorts is to have recourse, to re-sort, to sort again.
- Christopher Porterfield, Field Report
released May 27, 2021
Matt Blair - Piano
Aaron Darrell - Acoustic Bass
Devin Drobka - Drums
Recorded November 13th 2019 at Wire and Vice
Release May 27th 2021 on Shifting Paradigm Records
Daniel Holter - Engineer and Mixing
Ian Olvera - Assistant Engineer
Justin Perkins - Mastering at Mystery Room Mastering
Jamie Breiwick - Art Design B Side Graphics
This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket
Drummer, band leader, sound collagist Makaya McCravens 2nd opus magnum. Material from 4 different purely improvised live sets in 4 cities, recomposed into new compositions/collages. To astonishing results, I have to add. Carsten Pieper
Fantastic frugal, minimalist improvisation for percussion, electronics and Rhodes. Drobka and Blair play with subtlety, manoeuvring between the colours of the instruments, searching for lyricism. The whole album retains its coherence, and the effect of this casual session brings one of the most interesting improvised releases of the year.
More: http://noweidzieodmorza.com/15199-the-best-of-2021/ Jakub Knera