RITUAL / HABIT / CEREMONY – “Ruth’s Mouth”


Following a fertile run of free jazz albums rendered in a collaborative coccoon, John Dwyer continues to cull together an enviable cross-section of likeminded liaisons for his latest collective, RITUAL / HABIT / CEREMONY. “Ruth’s Mouth,” the second single from the album finds EXEK’s Albert Wolski at the mic, one of a rotating cast of vocalists that are on board this time around. Joining him are YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO), Gracie Jackson (GracieHorse), Ciriza (Artist Extraordinaire), Kyp Malone (Bent Arcana, TVOTR, Rain Machine, etc.), Brigid Dawson (Thee Oh Sees, The Mothers Network), and AZITA (Scissor Girls, Bride of NONO). On this single the band adopts an avant-pop lilt, with bassoon sprinting over strings before Wolski lends a softer touch than often accompanies EXEK’s post-punk patter. The new record finds whimsy among the discomfort and din, with a hefty ensemble assembled behind Wolski’s screed — John Dwyer (synths, vocals), Heather Lockie (viola), Thomas Dolas (synths), Andres Renteria (hand percussion), Brad Caulkins (tenor saxophone), Kyp Malone (synths), and Archie Carey (bassoon). The new record, Ritual/Hait/Ceremony is out October 13th from Castle Face.

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