Free musicians Akira Sakata, Masahiko Satoh, and Chikamorachi get even freer on new collaborative album, stop shy of forming a nudist colony (for now)

Free musicians Akira Sakata, Masahiko Satoh, and Chikamorachi get even freer on new collaborative album, stop shy of forming a nudist colony (for now)

You think it’s liberating to let your body hair grow until it reaches the terminal length determined by your genetics? Well, the Family Vineyard label kindly requests that you try Proton Pump on for size — because, in addition to being the freest thing since cereal box prizes, it’s also the very first album to feature free saxophonist Akira Sakata and free pianist Masahiko Satoh collaborating in earnest. Those two were also joined on stage by Chikamorachi, the free-improvising duo of drummer Chris Corsano (well-known around TMT’s rascally parts) and Darin Gray on bass.

When placed in front of a few microphones together, these four improv wizards reached levels of liberty and unhindered enlightenment that the rest of us can only strive to achieve; but the hope is that, subsequent to the resultant record Proton Pump’s release next month, we too will be able to nonchalantly select a Netflix movie/show without browsing for half an hour.

Proton Pump is out February 2 on all relevant formats (cassette doesn’t count), and if you have a keen eye when it comes to the artists involved, you may recall a few of the names appearing in the credits of an earlier 2015 release, Flying Basket (which also featured Jim O’Rourke and Merzbow). Proton Pump predictably feels a bit classier/less noisy than that previous release, thanks in part to Satoh’s able ivory-tickling — but don’t let that fool you; it’s crazy in a slightly different way.

Check a trailer for the album and stream the title track down below, and pre-order the album fro Family Vineyard now. Who else is feeling…”pumped?”

Proton Pump tracklisting:

01. Proton Pump
02. Bullet Apoptosis
03. Chemiosmotic Coupling of Acorn
04. Voyage of Eukaryote

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