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Track listing:
1. Lost
2. Drift
3. Caravan
4. Out To Sea
5. Ashes
6. Channel
7. Oasis
8. Suspended

John Swana - EVI, electronics, trumpet, valve trombone, synth
Tim Motzer - acoustic-electric guitar, electronics, percussion, bass
Doug Hirlinger - drums
Anthony Tidd - six string fretless bass (on Drift & Channel)

Channels (1k recordings, 1k042) — the debut release by three celebrated Philadelphia musicians John Swana, Tim Motzer, and Doug Hirlinger — is an album that immediately beckons and challenges the listener with evocative, multilayered electro-acoustic improvisations and compositions. Channels captures the unique energy and sonic chemistry between the players; the album’s dynamic tension also hints at today’s unresolved social, economic, political challenges. Questioning melodies and complex, brooding soundscapes are punctuated by free-jazz drumming. The record ebbs with harmonic drifts, languid electronic suspensions, and looping textural guitars and synths.

Channels originally began as a duo recording by Swana and Motzer. After a weekend of intensive, experimental improvisation at 1K Recordings in Philadelphia, they invited Hirlinger to respond on drums – which transformed the material. For several months afterward, Swana and Motzer pored over the live studio recordings, whittling down long-form improvisations and adding orchestral layers of brass to opening track “Lost.” Anthony Tidd (longtime member of Steve Coleman and Five Elements) contributed six-string, fretless electric bass melodies to “Drift” and “Channel.” The result is a uniquely intimate and urgent record – one that defies simple categorization and reveals its intriguing richness over time.


released February 1, 2019

Recorded March 10-17, 2017 by Tim Motzer at 1k
Engineering assistance by Eric Bogacz
Arranged and edited by John Swana & Tim Motzer 2018
Mixed and produced by Tim Motzer June-September 2018 for 1k
Mastered by Eric Bogacz at Spice House, Philadelphia

Album cover painting: Tim Motzer
Album design: Jason Waggaman & tilomo
Photography: Avraham Bank

© 2018 & ℗ 2018 1k Recordings Inc.
Published by one k music co. 2018 (BMI)
Music by Swana, Motzer, Hirlinger
all rights reserved
catalogue 1k042

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