Elements of Style (BOR078)

by Dialect Trio

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“One gets the sense that the band exists in some forgotten in-between nation, some hidden enclave porous to cultural influence yet sufficiently isolated to ferment its own musical synthesis.“ - Hypothetical Circus

Atlanta’s most expansive and eclectic instrumental ensemble Dialect Trio return with their sophomore effort Elements of Style. The group has been hard at work in Piper Street Studios with producer and multi instrumentalist Matt Mansfield aka Piper Street Sound, crafting their second full-length Lp, polishing their sweeping sonic tableaus, and welding even more diverse influences on to their musical armour cloaked in Piper Street’s multifaceted signature Transnational sound.

This time around the group (comprised of core members Russ Bledsoe, Matt Mansfield, and Robby Astrove, as well as a cavalcade of friendly collaborators from the Atlanta music scene) has taken a more cinematic view, blending pieces together, crossing and re-crossing borders, blurring the lines between cultures and styles across generations. Whereas their self-titled debut Lp revolved in a kaleidoscopic whur of styles from Afro-funk to Latin Rock to Balkan Psychedelic freakout, this work sees the pot shaken more thoroughly. Pieces segue into one another, weaving a continuous tapestry of introspection and funkiness. The tried and true African, Latin, Southern U.S., Middle-Eastern, and Eastern European influences are still there, but where the group previously seemed to tackle them one at a time, this work employs and destroys genres simultaneously, uniting disparate styles into a dizzying and delirious melange. Somehow this synthesis takes on an elemental, more natural feel, due perhaps in part by the employment of atmospheric and natural soundscapes. Rather than just a meshing of now-Latin, now-African, now-Blues, etc, all chopped up together, the band imparts an understanding that all of these musics are one, built of common materials and sharing mutual structures. This single unified vision of rhythm and melody penetrates and informs the whole of musical expression around the world, and Dialect Trio’s mission is to lay this common skeleton bare, for all to see, and hear, and feel.

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released November 12, 2013

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