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HMS (Joe Houpert / Nathan McLaughlin / Erich Steiger): Tetrad [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)

Blurring the lines between experimental music, improv, and composition, the trio of Joe Houpert, Nathan McLaughlin, and Erich Steiger use the studio to rework their improvisations, accenting aspects of the acoustic and electronic elements and morphing them in unexpected ways; "think Henry Flynt meets Cluster meets Revolutionary Ensemble".

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product information:

Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS049
Squidco Product Code: 24739

Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded by Erich Steiger


Joe Houpert

Nathan McLaughlin

Erich Steiger

Steve Perrucci

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track listing:


1. Quasit 10:11

2. Retriever 06:46


1. Herzou 07:33

2. Marlith 05:51

3. Balor 10:00
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"HMS was born from a meeting of Joe Houpert and Nathan McLaughlin (who recorded as Loud and Sad) with Erich Steiger in Baltimore...where they recorded their debut album "Resolution." Since that time they have had releases on Avant Archives and Small Scale Music in 2011 and 2015 respectively. Whereas their previous releases were born of a particular moment (an improv meeting, a soundcheck, etc)

Tetrad finds the quartet using the studio to create compositions from improvisation. Both the electronic elements and the acoustic instruments have more room and sharpness. "Retriever" for example builds off of clicks and hums with drums and violin slowly creeping in until they take off into free improv flight. Think Henry Flynt meets Cluster meets Revolutionary Ensemble. Not really free jazz, not really electronic, not really fully improv but someone in the midst of all that you'll find HMS waiting for you. They've been ahead of the game for a while now."-Astral Spirits

Artist Biographies:

Joe Houpert, also known as "Prayer", is an experimental musician and a member of groups HMS, Loud & Sad, Tilth, Warning, and We Are Bright & Broken.

-Squidco 9/18/2017

"Nathan McLaughlin lives and works in Hudson, NY, via years spent living in Maryland, Minnesota & Pennsylvania. For some time the focus has been on creating music with the reel to reel tape machine....the primary goal being to create beautiful sound heavily revolving around and directly influenced by the intensity of domestic situations. This goal exists as a way of explaining a complex and fragile life while protecting privacy, anonymity and individual free will."

-Last.FM (

Erich Steiger is an audio engineer and a member of the group HMS with albums on Avant Archive, Small Scale Music, and Astral Spirits.

-Squidco 9/18/2017

Steve Perrucci is a member of the groups Warning, and HMS.

-Squidco 9/18/2017

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