Excess of Vision: Unreleased Recordings, 2005-2014

Since the mid-aughts, Chicago trio Haptic (Adam Sonderberg, Joseph Clayton Mills, and Steven Hess—this time around featuring Salvatore Dellaria and The Necks’ Tony Buck) has delivered riveting, meticulously controlled live sets, as well as a handful of releases mainly on the Entr’acte label, all of which reflect the group’s unique attitudes toward collaboration and structure. This release features material sourced from a variety of past recordings; they are without form and yet architectural, and just as uniquely engaging as the group’s previous work.

From the perspective of Notice, Haptic’s mixture of the organic and the industrial has been profoundly influential, and could even be said to define a quintessential Chicago ethos channeled through dark ambience: roiling waves of density, structure, work, beauty, and oppression constantly overtaking each other. However, the final silence will always be present—and is expected—just like the spare, steady late-night call of a single circling black bird.

– Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Cobalt tape stock
– Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
– Letterpress printed on pearlescent stock by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress, New Orleans, LA

Streaming audio can be heard here.

Byron Coley / The Wire
Brian Olewnick / Just Outside
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly
Bill Meyer / Dusted Magazine
Paul Margee / We Need No Swords
Miguel Isaza / Infinite Grain

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