Outrageous. Rabid. Explosive. #WTF? Whatever words you throw at Borbetomagus saxophonist Jim Sauter and Oneida / Man Forever drummer Kid Millions, they’ll chomp ‘em up and respond with a gargantuan roar to erase all notions of what a horn and skins can do. The duo's prior albums were built of tightly, clustered bursts and barbed assaults. On Safe & Sane, Sauter and Millions eschew brevity for ultra-endurance. The opening "Chrysanthemum," clocks in at 32 minutes and continues on Side B before a final 12-minute avalanche that is "Falling Spiders." Sauter's blowhole is jacked straight into a battery of electronics and amplification. He summons the reedy, shifting drones of the hurdy-gurdy or Hendrix's scree, and spits forth monstrous overtones. Those sheets-of-sound Coltrane chased after -- it's here. Millions doesn't even attempt to nail down the flow. He's egging it on with rapid rolls and polyrhythmic propulsion that smears the line of fire/energy music -- think classics like Black Beings -- and primitive punk fury. Safe & Sane is the first split release between Astral Spirits and Family Vineyard -- each previously issued Sauter/Millions albums: Bloom (2015) and Fountain (2014), respectively. The LP comes dressed in fab Dan Schechter cover art in an edition of 500 copies.
Drummer Kid Millions and saxophonist Jim Sauter vaporize the annals of rock 'n' roll n' jazz into pulsating feedback/propulsion on Fountain - their second album. Across six pieces they explore massively hypnotic tonal harmonics and torrential rhythms. This is hardcore abstraction from two New York sherpas yanking us headlong into a third-eye odyssey, surpassing altitudes merely attempted by others. Kid is founding member of Oneida and the ace behind the percussion-focused Man Forever. Sauter is synonymous with the 35-year juggernaut Borbetomagus - pioneers of sound/jazz vivisection and inexorable vision. While both are known for feats of extreme artistic endurance, as a duo they opt for ferocious concentration - a savage pop-style of density and texture. As an omnipotent duo, neither Kid or Sauter anchors the other, instead they smash the fulcrum and spin perpetually in free-fall. LP in edition of 800, includes download.