“...a cataclysmic blast of stunning and emotionally cathartic driving energy...” - londonjazznews.com
KALI Trio is a Swiss post-genre band. They function as a collective, with every member contributing equally to the writing and creative processes. Their original score for Thomas Imbach’s movie NEMESIS will arrive in 2021.
LOOM is the second album by KALI trio and shows the consequent development of the original style of the working band. The three Swiss musicians Nicolas Stocker (Drums), Urs Müller (E-Gitarre) und Raphael Loher (Piano) weave the various threads of their stylistic background together with relish and fresh skillfulness on their musical loom. The music, created together as an organism, is continuously charged in the four tracks and in the overall dramaturgy of the album and unfolds its rhythmic pull and its mysterious atmosphere in a subtle and inexorable manner.
LOOM consists of only four compositions, but clocks in at a few seconds short of the 45 minute mark! It’s a beast in scope, but airy (literally) in feel, hence easy to inhale. Each piece plays like the equivalent of a time-lapse of a looming cloud formation – a liquid progression of shifting shapes, changing density as well as shadow and light play. By the virtue of working with subtle iterations of form and using extended swaths of time as the equivalent of a large-scale canvas, the material evokes the mechanics of trance music. The creative use of sound design and general choice of spartan aesthetics, albeit executed using acoustic instruments, emphasize styles club-inclined and tasteful. The overall effect is cinematic and mesmeric; a sonic documentation of a daydream unraveling.
Although the music is emotionally gripping – defined by a dance-floor drive and a thick cinematic atmosphere – it’s hard not to notice the craftsmanship and the skill level involved in bringing these songs to life. The song “Folding Space,” for example, is based on a pattern in 19/8 that turns around on the offbeat against the quarter note. “Shipol,” on the other hand, is predicated on constantly shifting piano, snare and bass drum accents, which make the song feel as if it were performed in 7/16, and not the standard 4/4 that it is.
When asked to describe their music, the band came up with: “It falls somewhere between T.C. Boyle’s prose and Tarkovsky’s dream-like images.” It makes sense! Because the point is not to wow listeners with technique, but to create an experience via deep affect.
Text: Lukasz Polowczyk
Raphael Loher: Piano
Urs Müller: Guitar
Nicolas Stocker: Drums
KALI TRIO: LOOM
DRY SOUL 08:09
FOLDING SPACE 14:46
All music written and arranged by KALI Trio.
Album produced by KALI Trio and Manuel Egger. Executive producer Nik Bärtsch.
Recorded in 2020 at Suburban Sound Studio, Winterthur, by Manuel Egger.
Mixed by Manuel Egger and KALI Trio. Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound NYC.
Album photo by Simon Habegger, artwork by Bureau Mia.
Songs published by Ronin Rhythm Productions & Neonstars Publishing.
Supported by Stadt Bern, Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Stadt Luzern FUKA-Fonds,
The press about KALI Trio:
“KALI Trio is a discovery: the sound mixes and dramaturgical tension fields of this young band are impressive.” - Jazz Festival Willisau
“KALI Trio forms its own magical sound with great sensitivity, catapulting the listener into other spheres and leaving plenty of room for the new.” - Debra Richards, Music Journalist London
To pre-order: https://roninrhythmrecords.bandcamp.com/album/loom
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), email@example.com
Previous album: RIOT, 2019, Ronin Rhythm Records
KALI Trio Tour 2021:
25.02.: Cinema Sil Plaz (CH)
03.03.: Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (F)
18.03.: Südpol Luzern (CH)
März/April: TBC Beeflat Bern (CH)
08.05.: Nova Jazz, Yverdon (CH)
21.09.: Martinskeller, Adligenswil (CH)
LOOM is the 26th publication of the label Ronin Rhythm Records, a platform for new creative music between New Minimal, Funk and Ritual Groove Music