A Continued Assault on the Boundaries of Sound, Language, Technique, and Instrument Architecture.
Two stalwarts of the West Philly experimental scene, Dan Blacksberg and Julius Masri delight in navigating many different worlds of sound. From jazz to free improv and metal, both musicians have left their mark multiple times. When they team up as the duo Superlith, they dive headfirst into extreme reaches to blend acoustic with analog with alternating sublime and obliterating results.
Superlith II sees the pair deliver a set of freely improvised pieces full of dense textures and ungainly dialogue. With only the trombone and circuit bent keyboards, the duo mesh sounds, blurring, even erasing the boundaries between their separate instruments. The result is six tracks that push at the edges of timbre and volume. From the opening blasts of “Granular Progeny” to the depths of “Crypts of Leiberkuhn,” the duo immediately establish an unnerving soundworld, and then proceed to run amok in it.
With the first five tracks hailing from a session from 2012, the duo were pressed into adding a 6th track recorded remotely on January 30th, 2021 in response to current events. Mixed into a maelstrom by sound sculptor Ada Adhiyatma aka Madam Data (Moor Mother, Aquilles Navarro & Tscheser Holmes Heritage of the Invisible II) and titled with help from the Council on American Regicide, the special track "Multicultural Space Lasers Kill Only Nazis In Their Throats" shows that Blacksberg and Masri are still laying down an extreme sound.
Blacksberg and Masri are recognized for their individual and eclectic voices inside and outside the avant-garde. From free jazz with Masri’s group Dromedaries and the Daniel Blacksberg Trio, to Blacksberg’s position as a world-renowned klezmer musician, to metal with Blacksberg’s hasidic doom metal band Deveykus and Masri’s grindcore explosion Night Raids. Both musicians have performed with many experimental stalwarts such as Anthony Braxton, Susan Alcorn, and Thuman Barker. The are also featured on Blacksberg’s Jewish hardcore quartet Electric Simcha’s pandemic release Joy.
On their first album Plasma Clusters, “two instruments that could be seen to lack too much common ground, collaboratively speaking, begin to intimately co-empathise and find solace in each other once their players bring them into a choking, spluttering demise.” (Attn:Magazine). Superlith II continues right down the same path making for “botched and ugly company” with its predecessor. Throughout the album it’s clear that Blacksberg and Masri are, sometimes quite literally, having a blast.
released February 5, 2021
Dan Blacksberg - Trombone
Julius Masri - Modded Casio SK1
Eric Carbonara - Engineering (Nada Sound Studios)
Madam Data - Mixing on Multicultural Space Lasers
The Council on American Regicide - Ideological Input on Multicultural
Alex Nagle - Mastering
Daniel "Spunky Toofers" Park - Casio "Antithesizer" Creator
Tracks 1-5 Recorded live at the Rotunda, Philadelphia 2012
Track 6 Recorded remotely in West Philly, Jan 2021
What an album! But this time it's not a Millevoi guitar-wise material, this is a Millevoi compositional masterpiece. Of course we have his signature sound - great sound - those Tensor snippets, but most importantly we get 10 extremely well written compositions. Not to mention, how fantastically they are played, by an ensemble, that totally understand those tunes. Tomasz Litra