First Listen: Sunwatchers, 'II'

The psychedelic ensemble's new album is a potent brew of free jazz, droning Thai melodies, minimalism and mutant funk.
Sunwatchers' II comes out Feb. 2. Source: Peter Kerlin

When you live with music long enough, the lessons you learn take on different characters. How you experience the lyrics of 's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" as a 20-something can be profoundly different decades later. The true is same of challenging, instrumental music. The ferocious free jazz and raw, unwinding compositions of saxophonist were an inspiration to over a decade ago. In numbers that sometimes swelled to 18 members, the Athens, Ga.-based band applied Ayler-ian noise to Southern rock in a manic carnival atmosphere. Having witnessed the spectacle myself back in the day, it was fun and weird and occasionally debaucherous, but Dark Meat was only scratching the surface of what made Ayler so pivotal.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min readPolitics
Federal Appeals Court Lets Stand Ruling That Congress Can Subpoena Trump Tax Returns
The full D.C. Circuit voted 8-3 not to reconsider an earlier decision by a three-judge panel that ruled against the president. Trump's lawyer says he will appeal to the Supreme Court.
NPR4 min readPolitics
'Deep, Dark Conspiracy Theories' Hound Some Civil Servants In Trump Era
Some pro-Trump news outlets are singling out federal employees and accusing them of trying to sabotage the president. The targets have often worked for decades in government outside of the spotlight.
NPR5 min readPolitics
In 'A Warning,' An Invisible Hand Rings A Somber Alarm
President Trump, we are told in this soon-to-be-published book, has destroyed the guardrails thoughtful people tried to erect around him. Further, he has banished nearly all those thoughtful people.