Full Review of HIMALAYA in The Wire’s December 2019 Issue

Carl Stone made the wise decision to split his latest creations over several releases.

Carl Stone Himalaya Unseen Worlds CD/DL/2xLP

 

It takes 35 minutes to reach the summit of Carl Stone’s new Himalaya. To arrive there, you ascend through manically cut up and overlaid Afrobeats, funk and hiphop grooves together with a tasty disco riff that reassembles the very molecules of your being. Then, having hit the apex, Stone throws you into idyllic freefall for the next half hour, into a balmy environment of slow moving and ethereal tones, music that is as voluminous and prayer-like as the opening part is compacted and hedonistic.

The relationship between Himalaya and Stone’s release from earlier this year, Baroo, mirrors that between Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way – the later album building on the textural and harmonic palette of all that went before, while clawing open fresh expressive possibilities. The opening piece “Han Yan” tells you what to expect as high-speed Afrobeats hallucinate on their own existence. Musically, two things are happening. Stone has the beats on intense fast-forward, while little microedits snip out crucial supporting notes in the harmony, which spins the music relentlessly forwards – it has no brakes.

A strutting rock beat kick-starts “Bia Bia” before it lurches towards ebullient chaos, with broken-up trumpet fanfares randomly puncturing the texture like Lester Bowie is wandering in and out of earshot. “Kikanbou” is grounded by a mesmeric disco beat that keeps rolling for 17 minutes, a motor around which auxiliary beats circle. Around the six minute mark, and for no other reason than he can, Stone suddenly turns everything upside down and inside out, and upside out and downside up, leaving beats coiling in other directions and soaring upwards. The world’s pop music has become putty in Stone’s hands. Each piece could, in theory, keep reassembling its particles infinitely. But Stone applies his composerly voice with a noticeably light touch, making conscious decisions about his material without ever suffocating its freedom.

Had he signed off after “Kikanbou” Himalaya would still have been exceptional, but the final glide through spacious textures and rarefied tunings – leading towards intonations from the Japanese vocalist Akaihirume – reconnects your soul with the stuff of sound itself as you ruminate on an epic journey, both exhilarating and affecting.

Philip Clark

The Wire December 2019

The Wire’s review of Himalaya, my latest release

Happy to report, The Wire’s review of Himalaya, my latest release, is pretty much a rave.


Excerpt: It takes 35 minutes to reach the summit of Carl Stone’s new Himalaya. To arrive there, you ascend through manically cut up and overlaid Afrobeats, funk and hiphop grooves together with a tasty disco riff that reassembles the very molecules of your being. Then, having hit the apex, Stone throws you into idyllic freefall for the next half hour, into a balmy environment of slow moving and ethereal tones, music that is as voluminous and prayer-like as the opening part is compacted and hedonistic.
The relationship between Himalaya and Stone’s release from earlier this year, Baroo, mirrors that between Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way – the later album building on the textural and harmonic palette of all that went before, while clawing open fresh expressive possibilities.

You can read the entire review here, or of course in The Wire’s December 2019 issue.

BANDCAMP:

https://unseenworlds.bandcamp.com/album/himalaya

https://unseenworlds.bandcamp.com/album/baroo

APPLE MUSIC

https://music.apple.com/us/album/himalaya/1473870763

https://music.apple.com/us/album/baroo/1452006426

Two Releases Now Out on Unseen Worlds


Two albums just released on CD. HIMALAYA, the newest of them (featuring title track with @akaihirume), is now out on CD and DIGITAL formats. BAROO joins the physical realm today on CD, as well. Both HIMALAYA and BAROO have delicious vinyl platters forthcoming. Please enjoy this first course… artwork by Sam Lubicz

“Stone makes music that can hit your ear holes like a DMT flash.”
– Richard Gehr, Relix

“Stone is still ahead of the game when it comes to his knack for discovering a world of music in a grain of sound.” – Julian Cowley, The Wire

“It’s another hall of mirrors but this time, its every surface is in a packed lysergic night club. Strings stretched, fragments jackhammer, and thick synthetic arcs swarm….Stone is on fire here” – John J Nicol, Obladada

https://unseenworlds.bandcamp.com/album/himalaya
https://unseenworlds.bandcamp.com/album/baroo

October 20 open 17h00 start 19h00 Yokohama JP CAVE横浜

Sunday October 20 2019 open 17h00 start 19h00
Carl and Akaihirume appear as part of an event headlined by an improvo of modular synth / percussion and electric guitar by Danish musician Anders Bach and Kyoto guitarist Kouta Yamauchi.

Artists:

  • Anders Bach (DK) + 山内弘太
  • 夏の大△ +???
  • ensui
  • Carl Stone and Akihirume
  • [カールストーンと赤い日ル女]
  • 未同定

adv. 2500 yen + 1drink
door. 3000 yen + 1drink

CAVE横浜
Kanagawa ken Yokohama Naka-ku Isezaki-Cho 1-3-1

Yokohama JP

the.cave.event1020@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/cave.curry.sound/
https://www.facebook.com/events/546447462953263/

November 2 open 19h00 start 19h00 Tokyo Ochiai Soup

Saturday November 2 2019 open 19h00 start 19h30
Test Tone Presents: Signals Down

Carl Stone + Ikeda Yoko
Gregor Vidic + Cal Lyall + Nicolas Field
Yagi Michiyo + Yoshida Tatsuya
DJ beermike (SuperDeluxe)

Artists:

2000 yen (includes 1 drink)

Soup
3-9-10 Mikasa BLD BF1 Kamiochiai Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
東京都新宿区落合3-9-10 三笠ビルBF1
Map (English) at here
Map (Japanese) at here
http://ochiaisoup.web.fc2.com/schedulethis.html
http://ochiaisoup.com

November 3 tba Tokyo Shibuya JP EdgeOf Live at ther BBC Proms Japan


Sunday November 3 2019 tba
The BBC comes to Japan for the Proms, and Carl Stone + Akaihirume (赤い日ル女) join the fun – You can attend! Come to the amazing project space EDGEof, in Shibuya.
Also sharing the evening: SUGAI KEN, Masanori Oishi and more. The event starts with a panel discussion at 18h30, with live music starting at 20h00. This evening will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast at a later date.

Artists:

3000 yen

Buy Tickets Online

EdgeOf
Tokyo Shibuya-ku Shibuya Jinnan 1-11-13
〒150-0041 東京都渋谷区神南1-11-3
Map (English) at here
http://mixcloud.com/newratio
https://edgeof.co/about/

November 17 open 14:00 start 15:00 BUoY Ftarri Festival 2019

Sunday November 17 2019 open 14:00 start 15:00
Carl performs with Akaihirume (赤い日ル女) on the 4th and final day of the 2019 FTARRI FESTIVAL. The third and forth comcerts take place in the cool venue known as BuOY,

General – 5,500 yen in advance, 6,000 yen at the door
Student – 4,500 yen in advance, 5,000 yen at the door
General and Student tickets include 1 beverage each day.
2-day pass (advance purchase only):
General – 10,000 yen / Student – 8,000 yen

BUoY
49-11 Senju Naka-cho Adachi-ku Tokyo
東京都足立区千住仲町 49 -11
Map (Japanese) at here
info@ftarri.com
http://www.ftarri.com/festival/2019/index-e.html
http://ftarri.com/suidobashi/index-e.html
https://www.facebook.com/Ftarri-Festival-108252680570264/

November 22 open 19h30 start 20h00 Bar Isshee


Friday November 22 2019 open 19h30 start 20h00
Elliot Sharp and Carl Stone reunite in Tokyo after performances in New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles.

Reservations required: please email barisshee@keh.biglobe.ne.jp

Artists:

3,200JPY + drink

Bar Isshee
3-36-11 Sendagi Bunkyo-ku Tokyo – Century 21 Bldg B1
東京都 文京区 千駄木3-36-11 千駄木センチュリー21 B1F
Map (English) at here
Map (Japanese) at here
barisshee@keh.biglobe.ne.jp
http://www.bloc.jp/barisshee/

December 1 Open 15h30 Start 16h00 Yokosuka City JP Kasuya Forest Museum of Contemporary Art

Sunday December 1 2019 Open 15h30 Start 16h00
Carl joins Aki Takahashi’s piano recital at Kasuya Contemporary Art Musem for a performance of his piece FELIX, for piano and electronics. Also on the program, music by Schubert, Liszt, Yuasa, and Tchaikovsky.

Artists:

6000 yen (5000 yen for museum members)

Kasuya Forest Museum of Contemporary Art
7-12-13, Hirasaku
Yokosuka-city Kanagawa 238-0032
〒238-0032 神奈川県横須賀市平作7-12-13046-852-3030
Map (English) at here
Map (Japanese) at here
info@museum-haus-kasuya.com
http://www.museum-haus-kasuya.com/

December 6 19h30 Tokyo Shimo-Kitazawa Japan Apollo Live At The Apollo!

Friday December 6 2019 19h30
Carl joins up for a first time meeting with guitarist Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) and New Mexico based virtuoso percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani (a rare performance in his home country). You will want to be there for this unique combination.

Artists:

¥2000 advance, ¥2500 same day, 1 drink minimum

Apollo
EIKO Bldg. B1, Kitazawa 2-9-22 Setagaya-ku Tokyo
東京都世田谷区北沢2-9-22 EIKOビルB1
Map (Japanese) at here
https://ameblo.jp/430416apollo/
https://www.facebook.com/events/438765326759192/