Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society - Mandatory Reality (2LP)
“Mandatory Reality, the new album by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, is here. Setting aside (for the moment) the electric instrumentation of Simultonality (2017) & Magnetoception (2015), Joshua Abrams conceived Mandatory Reality for an eight-piece acoustic manifestation of NIS, consisting of himself on guimbri, Lisa Alvarado - harmonium & gongs, Mikel Avery - tam-tam & gongs, Ben Boye - autoharp & piano, Hamid Drake - tabla & tar, ben Jamar Gay - cornet, Nick Mazzarella - alto saxophone, & Jason Stein - bass clarinet. A 2 LP set, the album is comprised largely of two performances, both Joshua Abrams compositions, 24 & 40 minutes in length. While new to the band’s records, long duration pieces are familiar to those who’ve heard JA&NIS in concert in recent years, where elaboration on a single composition for an hour or more is not unusual.
Gradual tempos dominate mandatory reality. recorded two months before the 2017 solar eclipse, mandatory reality is the sound of Joshua Abrams & NIS taking its time. Merging methodical compositions with sonically voluptuous orchestration, Abrams heightens the immersive & hypnotic qualities JA&NIS music is known for, taking the band & the listener deep into a collective meditative space. A grand realization of long-form psychedelic music, mandatory reality is a dispatch from a sound world that is increasingly unique to itself.”
Release by Eremite Records