What our staff has to say: “The birth of NEW FREE JAZZ. A completely unhinged document of New Monuments. Fresh new quartet line-up. This is the next level, and the next step. Completely controlled chaotic mess.” – Alex
“Language is the Skin” is the fourth full length release by New Monuments, the quartet co-led by Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus) and Ben Hall (Graveyards/Bill Dixon). Hall and Dietrich continue applying pressure to the structure of the relationship between saxophone and percussion. “Language” branches out to include totally new forms, line-ups, and instrumentation. New to the band, replacing C. Spencer Yeh, are Don’s 25 year-old shredder daughter Camille adding ‘cello, big Stockhausian refrigerator drags (the apple don’t fall far from…) as well as Atlanta free music sorcerer Tony Gordon on electric bass bringing that Jamaaladeen as inhabited by broken A.I. Hall, for his part, restructures the rhythm away from any post-Lifetime power trio mechanics using multiple drummers, concert percussion, MPC, and bits of concrète. While Borbeto has played less, Don has not stopped bringing more rigor and more complexity to his sound to produce a density that is absolutely feral and totally obsessed/enthralled with its own forward momentum. Together, the band has thoroughly escaped its own captivity and sideways reliance on idiom — and in doing so, has become a genre unto itself.