Justin Walter Returns with 'Unseen Forces' LP

Justin Walter Returns with 'Unseen Forces' LP

Four years removed from his debut Lullabies & Nightmares, Michigan trumpeter Justin Walter has revealed the details behind a follow-up LP. Titled Unseen Forces, the new record will arrive this spring through Kranky.

A press release explains that Walter recorded the entire record "fully solo, refining the project to its essence: shape-shifting watercolors of pastel haze, lit by the soft synthetic glow of electric breath."

Of course, Walter's work is once again centred on the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), a wind-controlled analog synthesizer from the 1970s.

In a statement, Walter had this to say about the upcoming effort:

Unseen Forces is a collection of recordings that document the use of improvisation as a means to create sounds that can either function on their own or serve as the foundation of, or source material for, additional improvisation.

There was a definite process used to create this music but at no point was any music ever written or composed. When putting this music together I was often aware of feelings related to density, spacing, silence, and the sense of time pulling back on itself, like trying to stretch a scene and pull on it in ways that distort it ever so slightly. This is a record of melodies, alone and in complex relation.

This music is a reflection of both feeling, and thought, as much construction as composition. The recordings of the EVI, as well as the sequencing done using samples of those recordings, are mostly the result of exploring melody through intuition. Harmonically simple, but with a complex palette of texture.


Unseen Forces will arrive April 21 through Kranky and is available for pre-order on CD, LP and digitally now. Read through the tracklisting to hear "It's Not What You Think" in the player below.

Unseen Forces:

1. 1001
2. Unseen Forces
3. Sixty
4. End Of Six
5. It's Not What You Think
6. Isotope
7. Following
8. Soft Illness
9. Red Cabin