On Friday, February 8, 2019, Bearthoven (Karl Larson, piano; Pat Swoboda, double bass; and Matt Evans, percussion) releases its second album American Dream on Cantaloupe Music. The album includes the works Gas Station Canon Song,American Dream, and We See Things That Are Not There.
On the recently-released American Dream (Cantaloupe Music), featuring the works of composer Scott Wollschleger, Bearthoven flawlessly craft a slow-building universe of shadowy piano jolts and caresses, plucked and scraping strings, and percussive clatter.
Pennsylvania-born, Brooklyn-resident Scott Wollschleger is one of the more interesting of the post-Feldman generation. A composer who takes his cues from what he perceives as the current American dystopia, his distinctive language is as much about the spaces between the notes as it is about the music we hear, yet he has a refreshingly recognisable ‘sound’ that revels in intriguing sonic combinations and repetitive rhythms, without ever straying into anything as obvious as minimalism (or any ‘ism’ for that matter)…Wollschleger’s sound world is diverse and original, his conjured imagery compelling, if frequently enigmatic. Capable of considerable energy, he’s also unafraid of silence, his sense of pacing surefooted and engaging, especially here in Bearthoven’s committed and imaginative performances. This is late night music, best appreciated when the mind is free to wander where Wollschleger leads. It is also music that reveals itself further the more time you put into it. Make the effort though and you’ll be richly rewarded.
Produced by Ryan Streber, Scott Wollschleger, and Bearthoven
Recorded at Oktaven Audio
Photography by Jaime Boddorff
Liner Notes by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti
Executive Producers: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Kenny Savelson, and Julia Wolfe
Released on Cantaloupe Music