Mats Gustafsson – Needs!

Mats Gustafsson – NEEDS!
12″ LP – 180 gram – edition of 500 – £15


NEEDS! is the brand new heavyweight long player by heavyweight saxman MATS GUSTAFSSON. This studio album comes housed in hand screenprinted wrap-around sleeves designed by Austrian artist Mathias Pöschl. Liner notes were exclusively penned by musician producer extraordinaire Jim O’Rourke. Most importantly, however, this LP is being released on deluxe 180 gram vinyl.
NEEDS! is a duo as much as a solo effort featuring Gustafsson on either his favoured baritone or the unusual slide saxophone (a rare antique instrument) as well as on a small selection of live power electronics. For the first time, he combines both the acoustic sounds of his saxophones with the amplified sounds of electronic devices in the same audio body mixing them as overdubs as well as live improvisations. From gasping to rasping to tongue slapping, nothing smoothes over the up close physicality of conjuring sounds from the instruments. While Gustafsson’s acoustic playing is rich in dynamics with a sense of punctuation and spaces, some of his electronic concoctions are thick slices of condensed, compressed mass.
The first 100 copies of the LP come with a bonus 3″ CDR entitled “NEEDS & DEEDS” which features four additional tracks from the studio sessions.

DWR005, released 2010

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Side A

needs! – to the ex

sources of such – to sten sandell

ethiopian swing – to lello jarvis

language of y(our)s – to clay ketter

the written and spoken such – to leif elggren

Side B

can yours bark? – to the bang

forever strictly forbidden – to sten hansson

surrounded by short reflexes – to raymond strid

it’s amore – to johan, mariam and andreas

freak pipeline – to john corbett