A post-minimalist opus for precarious times: HERE WE ARE NOW is an amped-up composition for four electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and saxophonics that merges avant-rock, improvised music, and minimalism. Layers of iterated patterns and pulses, awash with justly-tuned drones and overtones, transform Irish folk modalities and rhythms into bold, distinct new music; a ten-part form using dense timbres, duration, repetition, and volume to engage listeners on a number of levels and reconfigure how we are now.
released February 18, 2019
Composed by Paul Gilgunn. Performed by Ray Boyle (guitar), Conor Brady (guitar), Paul Gilgunn (guitar), Alex Harvey (guitar), Robbie Malone (bass), Jay Oglesby (drums), Jay Bagnall (percussion), Shay Cosgrave (percussion), and Nick Roth (saxophonics). Recorded and engineered by Conor Brady and Jack Power at Camden Recording Studios, Dublin and Stuart Gray at Jealoustown Recording Studios, Meath. Mixed by Ciaran Bradshaw at The Mews, Dublin. Mastered by Fergal Davis at Fergal Davis Mastering. Produced by Paul Gilgunn. Art direction by Paul Gilgunn. Graphic design and layout by Kevin King. Liner note manifesto by Leopold Robartes.
Thank you to everyone that played on and contributed to this work, especially, the stellar musicians who generously gave their time and made it a reality. The recording was facilitated in part by an Artist Bursary Award from South Dublin County Council. Much love to my family, friends, and colleagues for their continued support. Here We Are Now is dedicated to Rhys Chatham.