Track: "High Above a Grey Green Sea"
From: New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light LP
Released: April 30, 2013
Back in 2011, Indie-Rock's Year of the Saxophone, Colin Stetson played the role of omnipresent woodwindist. Turning up on albums by Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre, Siskiyou, Esmerine, and Feist, he was the one blowin' the sax on all those sax-riffin' records. Combined with his own Polaris-nominated solo LP, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, and Stetson had quite the year; going from anonymous sessionist to something resembling a breakout act.
He now has a new LP, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, due out in late-April, and floating free from it is the first single, "High Above a Grey Green Sea." And, again, it finds Stetson using a bass saxophone in near-to-unrecognizable ways; summoning deep drones, dissonant notes, and ghostly wails as he effectively uses the instrument as an amplification chamber to funnel air through. It sounds bizarre, but the results are incredibly beautiful; "High Above a Grey Green Sea"'s title suggesting the evocative environmentalism of Stetson's signature sound.