what you don't love, the child won't know
"This record is a tribute to both Eric Dolphy and the bird sounds that mystify not only us, but all others who listen to our world with a different set of ears".
--Connor Bell aka Shedding
I received Shedding's new 3-song record, what god doesn't bless, you won't love; what you don't love, the child won't know, in the mail recently. Now, I have no idea who Shedding is, and I'd likely have dismissed the album altogether if not for a couple of superficial details. First, it's a Hometapes release, and I love those guys; further, the cover art, which I immediately recognized as the work of the wonderful Kathleen Lolley, is everything I love about her distinctive dark, whimsical style.
Well, as it turns out, what god doesn't bless... is an often stunning, if somewhat challenging, collage of avant-garde, decontextualized "micro-sampled" jazz. I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't usually have the patience for most experimental jazz (I blame my ADD...any recommendations?), but I found myself wholly entranced by the end of the first track. You can download a track from Hometapes, but it's hardly indicative of how hypnotic the work is when listened to as a whole.
Go ahead and order the CD now, but I'd also recommend going back in January when you can get the vinyl, which I then recommend framing and hanging on your wall. Also, if you like the cover art (pictured above) it couldn't hurt to familiarize yourself with Kathleen Lolley's work.