“Exquisitely accomplished music”: great new Pleonid review


“The music is a delight, the continuity of the work lending an aether of enquiry, of investigation through shifting structures, liquid dissension and aggressive, conflicting textures … Overall I was reminded of Ornette Coleman as both composer and player … There is a very open feel about the album and each musician’s distinctive, transparent sound is bell-like in its clarity and this in turn distinguishes their contributions to the collective æsthetic. Five very fine musicians present an hour of exquisitely accomplished music.”

Posted July 19th, 2017

PSS, Bassoon, Pleonid show writeup in The Observer

Brad Cohan has been providing super-intrepid and thoughtful reportage of the new/creative music scene here in NYC, and wrote the following about this week’s shows!

Last month, the Observer highlighted The 15 Best Metal Bands in NYC with sludge-metal crushers Bassoon leading the way. Not only will you get your chance to see Bassoon inflict its Melvins’y damage on May 2 at Gold Sounds, but the night before protean bassist/composer Stuart Popejoy shows off his avant-jazz chops as he joins forces with guitarist Brandon Seabrook and Talibam! drummer Kevin Shea for free-improv fireworks at Gowanus’ jazz hub, ShapeShifter Lab.

Don’t fret if you miss those gigs because come May 7, Popejoy, alongside an avant all-star group that includes violinist Sarah Bernstein, alto saxist Avram Fefer, trombonist Steve Swell and drummer/vibesman Kenny Wollesen, celebrates the release of the sprawling Pleonid.

A single, hour-long composition birthed from software Popejoy himself developed and broken up in seven-minute intervals, Pleonid’s mesmerizing angularity, dizzying patterns and conversational back and forth is both cathartic and intense.


Posted May 1st, 2017

Reviews of “Pleonid”

Gotten some nice coverage so far, two in European magazines/blog and Bruce wrote a nice review in DMG!

Bad Alchemy (Germany):

Music Zoom (Italy): http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=27366#.WLkWWvLZ5v0


Posted March 8th, 2017