In case you haven’t noticed yet, we here at TMT are pretty stoked for C. Spencer Yeh, Lasse Marhaug, and Okkyung Lee’s appropriately named Wake Up Awesome to come out. I know that the day this record gets released will be the day I wake up most awesomely, but for now, the rest of the world and I will just have to settle for waking up to two-fifteenth’s awesome since the trio has dropped another track of sweet brain-frying noise on us.
Continuing with this group’s commitment to awesomeness, the name of this piece is “The Mermen of Poetry,” and it shows a slightly different side of the trio’s work compared to “Throw Down the Fishcake / Anise Tongue and Durian Wet Dream (Edit).” “The Mermen of Poetry” still manages to work the trio’s sounds into a delightfully chaotic amalgam, but there’s much more restraint and space with this work. “The Mermen of Poetry” begins pointillistically, with Yeh’s extended vocal techniques and Marhaug’s skittering electronics blending almost imperceptibly to create a textural bed that Lee proceeds to emerge from. As a result, Lee steals the show on this track in many ways; it’s amazing to hear how she alternates between decidedly soloistic passages and a more textural/gestural role.
Wake Up Awesome is out November 19, but you can preorder the LP or CD now from Software mother-label Mexican Summer.