Published Aug 06, 2013Dysnomia is a moon orbiting the planet Eris. Discovered in 2005, it is the only known natural satellite of the largest known dwarf planet in our solar system. It's a fitting title for Dawn of Midi's third release: the nine tracks contained on Dysnomia are named after moons and structured with a strong focus upon the cyclical, orbital quality of pulse and rhythm. To say that it's out of this world is an understatement.
Dawn of Midi breaks new ground within the standard piano trio instrumentation of bass, drums and piano by deliberately restricting their materials. Applying a minimalist aesthetic toward free improvisation, the band focus their collective efforts towards realizing a sound built upon clear building blocks.
The mesmerizing sequence of additive and subtractive patterns makes for a long formal arc where the steady transition from one texture to the next takes on an unusual focal point, erupting with the exhilarating force of a sudden vista opening up along the horizon. These constantly interlocking parts reveal the sonic and temporal proximity of these three players as they subsume their individuality into a larger sonic image.
Dysnomia is a great listen. It strikes an unusual balance between the focused and the meditative, keeps the ears engaged for its duration, and suggests a compelling avenue for free improvisation by reinventing itself with a renewed focus on process and prolonged gestures. The music keeps ears guessing what's next, leaving them hungry for the next creative expressions from Dawn of Midi, and the generation of players that will certainly come in their wake. (DOM)