Thor & Friends - Thor & Friends-LP-South

Thor & Friends - Thor & Friends

Thor & Friends is the eponymous full length debut fromåÊthe avant-chamber ensemble formed by polymath percussioniståÊThor Harris. It was recorded in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, and produced by Jeremy Barnes and HeatheråÊTrost from A Hawk & A Hacksaw and Deerhoof‰۪s JohnåÊDieterich.åÊThe three core members of the band are Peggy Ghorbani
on marimba, Sarah ‰ÛÏGoat‰۝ Gautier on marimba, vibraphone,åÊxylophone, organ, voice, mellotron and piano,åÊand Harris on sundry percussion and wind instruments including
some of his own devising. They are joined JeremyåÊBarnes on accordion, drum, and mellotron; Heather TroståÊon violin, voice & marimba; John Dieterich on guitar, bass,
castanets and special effects; and Raven on bone flute, andåÊelectronic sounds.
The band was inaugurated after Harris toured for fiveåÊyears as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensembleåÊSwans. As a vehicle for experimentation with American
Minimalism with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians,åÊHarris draws on composers including Terry Riley and SteveåÊReich, but also such diverse influences as Brian Eno, AphexåÊTwin, Moondog and The Necks; the album centers aroundåÊa polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments‰ÛÓåÊprimarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Circling
these core motifs are shifting streams of everything fromåÊprocessed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola,åÊstand-up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe. By rooting their artåÊin both improvisation and the involvement of neighbors andåÊfriends in their process, Thor & Friends embody utopianåÊoptimism, making use of what and whom is around at anyåÊgiven moment to make music with.