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Spires That In The Sunset Rise

House Ecstatic [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]

Spires That In The Sunset Rise: House Ecstatic [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Hard-edged Chicago/NY free improvisation from the female duo of Kathleen Baird on piano, flute and voice, and Taralie Peterson on saxophone, flute and voice, the two, who have recorded with Michael Zerang, show their powerful chops through skronky conversation recorded in 3 locations from Decatur, IL through Madison, WI to Brooklyn, NY.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS087
Squidco Product Code: 27381

Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 recorded at Central Christian Church, in Decatur, Illinois, by Todd Dare. Tracks 4, 5, 7 recorded in Madison, Wisconsin, and Brooklyn, New york, by STITSR.


Kathleen Baird-piano, flute, voice

Taralie Peterson-saxophone, flute, clarinet, voice

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"Kathleen Baird (a.k.a. Ka Baird, Sapropelic Pycnic and Traveling Bell) is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist living and working in NYC. She is one of the founding members of avant psych project Spires That In The Sunset Rise.

Ka relocated to NYC in late 2014 and immediately embarked upon new directions - exploring piano improvisations, electroacoustic intervention, extended vocal technique, physical movement and the electronic processing of her flute playing."

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Taralie Peterson, also known as Louise Bock, is a Chicago saxophonist known for the groups Spires That In The Sunset Rise. She also performs under the name Tar Pet, Taralie, and Taralie Dawn.

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track listing:


1. X Stat Eight 5:05

2. X Stat Three 3:06

3. X Stat Fortytwo 5:53

4. X Stat Twentyfive 6:23


1. X Stat Fourteen 4:49

2. X Stat One 5:20

3. X Stat Thrirtythree 6:54

4. X Stat Sixty 3:37
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"Spires That in the Sunset Rise, the duo composed of Ka Baird and Taralie Peterson, has been around since 2001, which is crazy, because that was eighteen years ago now, and also 9/11 happened then (#NeverForget). Somebody compared them to Sun City Girls once, and who am I to judge. (Oh right, music critic. Still, carry on.) Now, on their first release for Astral Spirits, the duo get "ecstatic," that is, "House Ecstatic," the name of this tape, which has a subtitle, "(Cover Your Blood)," that I guess helps us line up our expectations a little bit. See, each track is titled "X stat [number]," like each one is a hit to the bloodstream, and each piano trill and sax blurt and clarinet run and flute ... jab (?) spikes through your heartbeat like adrenalized lightning. There's the blood! Ecstasy in the blood. There are weird chant-y voices on here too, which sort of heighten the playfulness of this partnership at points, like when they meet the shaker percussion on "X stat twentyfive," for example. In the end, the pairing of Spires and Astral Spirits is perfect, and why hasn't it happened sooner, I wonder? Seriously, somebody tell me."-Ryan Masteller, Tabs Out

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