Conduit presents an innovative, compelling, and violently unquantized approach to groove based electronic music. The band/improvisation collective, Ω▽ (OHMSLICE), features free jazz mainstay, Daniel Carter, as well as alumni and collaborators from King Missile III, Swans, and Blue Man Group.
Bandleader and producer, Bradford Reed, is inspired by the mysterious auditory expanses of early synthesists and electro-acoustic pioneers. The ensemble combines conventional instruments over a bass heavy backdrop of double drumming processed live through a modular synthesizer. Organic syncopations highlighted by gooey analogue pulses and drones provide the vehicle for vocalist, Jane LeCroy’s, sexy explorations into the nature of things.
Ω▽ (OHMSLICE) comes together at the fertile crossroads of ambient electronica, jazz, poetry, distortion, tribal rhythms and spontaneous composition…
Music as it should be: refined, sublimed, defined, very inclined to rattle an eighth chakra. Old school, new school, all around town cool, OHMSLICE!
– Algis Kyzis (SWANS, Of Cabbages and Kings)
Meditative, complex, organic, tribal, and uniquely focused – OHMSLICE reaches into the future with hope while retaining a nostalgia of the glorious dark freedom that pre-existed today’s corporate police state and screen addicted citizenry.
– Jim Coleman (Cop Shoot Cop)
Bradford Reed has created a masterful hybrid of Krautrock and African rhythms, with some of the craziest sounds I’ve ever heard. – Martin Bisi (producer)
Ω▽ (OHMSLICE) combines formal structures and heavy grooves with a sonic meditation on the nature of human-electronic improvisation. The band is formed around multi-instrumentalist and instrument inventor Bradford Reed’s (King Missile III, creator of the pencilina) experiments in processing percussion through a modular synth. Layered over a sonic framework of double-drummed syncopated rhythms, analog pulses, and drone are the sultry vocals and abstract lyrics of poet, Jane LeCroy (Sister Spit, Poetry Brothel). Joined by a rotating crew of collaborators including Josh Matthews (Drumhead, Blue Man Group) on drums, the legendary and ubiquitous Daniel Carter (Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo) on trumpet and saxophones and Bill Bronson (Swans, The Spitters, The Gunga Den, Congo Norvell) on guitar. Ω▽ comes together at the fertile crossroads of ambient electronica, jazz, poetry, distortion, tribal rhythms and spontaneous composition.
Ω▽ was formed in 2015 when Reed and LeCroy — longtime fans of each other’s solo work — came together at a psychedelic summer camp for radical artists. There, the two joined for an unplanned set and realized the creative potential in the unique symbiosis of LeCroy’s vocals and Reed’s sonic textures. LeCroy emerged from New York’s Nuyorican spoken-word scene in the 90’s and was nurtured by be-bop and free jazz musicians that transformed her poetry into a brave musicianship. Reed has spent decades in NYC’s downtown music scene as both a collaborator and producer for a range of pop and avant-garde projects; as a solo artist Reed has toured the world with his self-invented Pencillina.
For Conduit, Reed drew particular inspiration from the mysterious sounds of pioneering synthesists and electro-acoustic composers such as John Hassel and Morton Subotnick. With the same ingenuity he displayed in creating the Pencillina, Reed created a unique hybrid of modular synthesizer and percussion (a single tom tom and 40 year old 17 gallon water can). With this tool, Ω▽ captures the improbable (and almost human) spontaneity of analog equipment delivering an ever-shifting and variably uncontrollable sonic palette. This utterly unique vibe is the ultimate sparring partner for LeCroy’s improvised vocals, which can turn dreamy or didactic within the space of a shifting note. Often interwoven into this mix are Carter’s effortless jazz fluidity, Bronson’s delicately focused grit and Matthews’s exquisite rhythmic sensibilities. In this dance of improvisation, chaos hangs right on the edge of order and no Ω▽ piece can ever be precisely duplicated.
Ω▽ ’s debut, Conduit, was recorded live over a two-year period. The album is an organized documentation of spontaneous creation and exploration and moves from the fuzzed out psychedelic of “Crying on a Train” to the meditative ambient cycles of “Broken Phase Candy” and beyond. Within this realm, the listener is meticulously guided through beautiful harmonic and rhythmic phase mosaics and held captive by an innovative and violently unquantized approach to groove based electronic music. Combined with LeCroy’s visionary mixture of philosophy, reflection, language and song “Conduit” illuminates a path to a rare and alluring space that reveals endless layers with each new listen.