Thristy Ear Recordings is excited to announce the release of Dawn of Midi‘s sophomore full-length Dysnomia, out August 6th, 2013. In celebration of the announcement, the Brooklyn-based trio has released an album trailer giving a glimpse into their unique process and this singular, through-composed album.
Following 2010’s improvised debut First and their free, aptly-titled EP Live, Dysnomia is in many ways the first record that truly reflects the trio’s critically acclaimed live show, resulting in their most mesmerizing work yet. Mixed by Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Owen Pallett, DJ Rashad), Dysnomia stands as a test of endurance and trust that involves bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and percussionist Qasim Naqvi performing their compositions note-for-note without ever appearing the least bit predictable. If anything, Dawn of Midi‘s sets are as red-blooded and rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ set, casting spells on crowds in the same way the group’s favorite experimental and electronic acts have for decades.
Belyamani is quick to say that Dawn of Midi have followed their own internal logic since day one, largely thanks to the fact that they were friends first-playing late-night tennis matches in dimly lit parking lots well before they stepped into a studio or rehearsal space. As such, Belyamani admits its taken quite some time to shift from early improv sessions to the well-oiled machine that makes Dysnomia both a dizzying dance record and a deeply immersive living room listen.
“Playing a locked groove like we do on this record involves a lot of discipline and hard work,” he explains. “You don’t start out that way unless you’re a group of folk musicians from the same village.”
While the original version was semi-improvised like the trio’s critically acclaimed debut (2010’s First), the final 46-minute cut is a brooding balancing act between a fascination with structure and a desire to create their own definition of dance music. Set aside an hour to experience the multi-movement title track in full and you’ll hear what we mean, as a language only Dawn of Midi truly understands locks into one long, seemingly endless groove and mixer Rusty Santos makes sure every last high-wire hook hits you square in the chest, even the quiet parts.
“It’s interesting with this piece,” says Naqvi. “There’s actual music in the silences. You could almost take the negative space and make something completely different with it.”