new album – SOFT ABERRATION

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RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20, 2017
AVAILABLE ON NEW FOCUS RECORDS
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Reviews

“Distinctive and magnetic…On the atlas of new music, Wollschleger lands somewhere in the borderland between Minimalia and Feldmanistan: obsessive repetitions of stripped-down materials bring to mind minimalism, while spells of hushed, cryptic beauty recall the great American modernist Morton Feldman. Yet Wollschleger has found a territory very much his own…It’s like a junk-metal mobile that achieves free-floating grace.” – The New Yorker (Alex Ross)

“Composer Scott Wollschleger’s new album, Soft Aberration, is, on its surface, about as fresh and singular a new-music album as I’ve heard this year: on the one hand, Wollschleger draws on a spate of extended techniques and gestures that all sound thoroughly of the present. At the same time, there’s something elemental and profound at work, too, in this collection of five chamber pieces, and that intangible quality lends these pieces (and this disc) its expressive weight…There’s much to admire here, technically, from John Popham’s flickering intensity in America to the subtle shades of light and shadow Mivos teases out of White Wallto the sumptuous warmth pianist Karl Larson and violist Anne Lanzilotti bring to Soft Aberration….But it’s those touchingly expressive moments that leave the biggest impact – in Brontal Symmetry and Bring Something, especially. Those elevate this album and cement Wollschleger’s place as one of the Millennial generation’s most striking voices.”  – The Arts Fuse (Jonathan Blumhofer)

This is an album that feels like a single, expansive work, and yet it is a work in which each part also comes across as a whole, like exploring the reflection of the surrounding room in the complex surface of a cut and polished gemstone; each surface reveals a new perspective that cannot be experienced within the room itself, but only through its reflection … In Wollschleger’s work it seems the listener is fully integrated into the creative process. There is no illusion, no curtain to pull aside or opaque, structural tropes to decode that are propped up by dense and overly articulated program notes. Nonetheless, the potential for ever increasing meaning feels limitless. Wollschleger’s stark honesty is approachable but deceptively simple and possessed of many, immeasurable (and some undetectable) dimensions. Rather than falling from above and condescending from some pedestal of intellectual vanity, these magical works rise holistically out of a more primal space and carry the listener with them as their petals unfurl and their flowers bloom over the dark, reflective pool of Wollschleger’s deeply profound imagination.” – I Care if You Listen (Christian Kriegeskotte)

“Nu classical music that is left leaning while not being pots and pans music…Echoing crime jazz with 80s EDM with sinister sounding stuff and more, you can easily hear stuff here turning up in the soundtrack of a indie, urban crime/action pic for chase scenes. Nu stuff for nu ears, the masters of the past are going to have to make room for this nu cat elbowing his way in. Check it out.” Midwest Record

“It’s rare that you hear such command of structure and orchestration in any idiom… Brontal Symmetry has wit, melody, and plenty of spice, doled out in digestible bits… Far from an aberration, this album is the sound of someone firmly planting their flag at a thrilling elevation. More, please.” – An Earful

“White Wall is a piece of extraordinary sonic delicacy that serves as the understated focus of the album. The album’s other compositions…give more evidence of a composer who can extract the expressive maximum from minimal musical means.” – Avant Music News