1k NEW RELEASE: BASE3_DARKMATTER BASE3_DARKMATTER (1K015) is just in from the manufacturer (in super hip mini-LP jackets) has hit Philly shops this week as well as the 1k on-line store. It's up now at CDBaby and soon at DGMLive and Burningshed. In early March, DarkMatter is available as digital downloads via i-tunes, juno, othermusic, emusic, etc... BASE3_DARKMATTER (1K015) A spontaneous session of visceral cinematic improvisations and in the moment compositions from 3 prominent Philadelphia musicians. Base3 is an experimental trio featuring Doug Hirlinger (New Fire) on traps, mbira, percussion, flutes; Barry Meehan (Nucultures) on bass; and Tim Motzer (Ursula Rucker, Burnt Friedman + Jaki Liebezeit) on electric and baritone guitars, and loops--all international musicians vibrant on the Philadelphia jazz & experimental scenes. DarkMatter reveals an honest and compelling record exhibiting the musicians multi-faceted abilities and their pure expression. Among the albums four extended pieces in the haunting closer, NinthWard, a beautiful and dark eulogy for the people of New Orleans. Fans of guitar improvisers, like Marc Ribot, David Torn, Derek Bailey, and Fred Frith, will appreciate Base3_DarkMatter. '...an incendiary experimental power trio of the highest order.' soon to be featured in Guitar Player Magazine...stay tuned! Mixed by rich chychota. ^#^cover art: tim motzer design: jon wood BASE3 is: Doug Hirlinger-traps, flute, mbira, percussion Barry Meehan-bass Tim Motzer-epiphone + baritone guitars, pedals, loops www.1krecordings.com published by one k music co. (bmi) ________________________________________________________________ review: sid smiths notes from the yellow room Going Off The Map... Dark Matter Base 3 1K Recordings Although Philadelphia's Base 3 have much in common with both jazz and rock, their knotty mix of full-blooded sparring and terse introspection avoids the kind of muscular excesses often associated with fusion and it's fellow travellers. Eschewing vulgar displays of technique in favour of something altogether more unified, guitarist Tim Motzer, bassist Barry Meehan and drummer Doug Hirlinger clearly demonstrate that the quality of the listening is every bit as important as the quality of the output. On the aptly named No Time For Silence, there's a never-ending supply of discursive moods and ideas being swapped back and forth. Against Meehan's rumbling rock-steady bass (reminiscent of Michael Henderson's anchoring riff work with Miles Davis), Motzer and Hirlinger respond with energetic clusters of that are alternately rousing and inquisitive. With a palpable sense momentum across the entire album, Base 3 are more interested in delivering a collective result rather than any individual standing up in the spotlight. Across four tracks, the constantly mutating forms recall some of Can's lengthy trance-like expositions, yet sustain the kind of tension and attention required to avoid empty noodling. A more economic but no less eloquent mode of discourse is found on the album's closer, Ninth Ward - whose ruminative, often harrowing atmospheres offer a gloomy mediation on the fate of post-Katrina New Orleans. Dark matter indeed.