Big Bend releases 'Radish' LP feat. Susan Alcorn, Laraaji, Clarice Jensen, Aaron Roche.
Ohio native/Brooklyn resident Nathan Phillips who goes by the name Big Bend, sits in a cross-section of outsider compositions & improvised electronics supported by threads of varied song structures.
From April 2016 to 2017, Phillips arranged improvised recording sessions in groups of four, with acclaimed musicians, Clarice Jensen, Laraaji and Susan Alcorn, as well as friends at the
New York studio, Figure 8. The collection was eventually condensed into smaller pieces
that became the source material for the album.
Nathan's mother–daughter of a twelve-tone composer–wrote music and sang in operas and musicals in Mansfield, OH, where Phillips grew up playing piano. Her voice is featured on
the new album, which is technically Big Bend’s first non-instrumental recording.
Throughout the album, Phillips is both vocalist and keyboardist. The album tracks the influence of environment and circumstance on individual understanding. In eight songs, it moves from familial beginnings to loss of certainty, pain and desire, aging and memory.
Radish is a literal take on spiritual phases, or a matter-of-fact documentation of large pivots in religious leaning. A personal story, it tracks the influence of environment and circumstance on individual understanding. In eight songs, it moves from familial beginnings to loss of certainty,
pain and desire, aging and memory.
In addition to his solo keyboard and vocal work, Phillips has supported bands like
Julianna Barwick, Qasim Naqvi, and, as a member of Youngstown's The Building,
and The War On Drugs.
B I Z Z A R R E
Big Bend - Can't Get Around
Big Bend - Radish