TWO NEW RELEASES BY TWO NEW CUNEIFORM SIGNINGS...
THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN
TWO NEW RELEASES BY TWO LONGSTANDING CUNEIFORM BANDS...
PUTTING OFF DEATH
Three new releases are by rock groups, two of which - CHEER-ACCIDENT and Miriodor - are longtime Cuneiform artists each with a distinctive sound and remarkably longstanding careers. Chicago's CHEER-ACCIDENT and Montreal's Miriodor are 30+year veterans of the music biz who continue to have something new and unique to say in each new album they release. Purveyors of Avant Pop / Art Rock tunes that sometimes evoke Beach Boys, XTC and Van Dyke Parks, CHEER-ACCIDENT proudly unveil their 18th album this spring. Known as French Canada’s answer to Europe's Rock in Opposition tradition, Miriodor, release their ninth album this spring; they've been active on the international avant-progressive scene since 1980. Progressively expanding rock's parameters in multiple releases across multiple decades, CHEER-ACCIDENT and Miridor create truly progressive / innovative music.
The band Bubblemath is a new signee to Cuneiform. These progressive rockers from Minneapolis had a following of nearly 90,000 Myspace fans at the time of their first album in 2002. Their second album and first on Cuneiform is an epic story of creative drive and determination. To record and release their sophomore album, Bubblemath persevered over a 15 year period riddled with personal hurdles and technical and logistic potholes. They had something important to express, to share with the public, and Edit Peptide is the result.
Our fourth Spring 2017 release is by a young Swiss jazz/post-jazz/post-rock group called The Great Harry Hillman. These Millennial musicians named their band after an American athlete who won multiple Gold Medals for hurdles in the 1904 Olympics, and they playfully continue this sports theme in visuals across their website, on videos (check out their 360 video, "How to Dice and Onion" from Tilt) and in their promo photos. They leap over genre barriers, pulling in elements from rock to progressively expand jazz. Like the three rock groups discussed above, these jazz musicians play complex, sophisticated music with ease, skill and wit, and their entertaining performances make such music accessible to wide audiences. The Great Harry Hillman play complex music that is also great fun.
Music is an art, but it is also - like sports - entertainment. In 2017, surviving in the music industry demands skill, practice, determination, and persistence. One must learn to master the hurdles with grace, keep one’s eyes on the prize, and stay focused on the long run. And even then, success is not always assured, save an element of luck to help seize the prize. The music that Cuneiform releases - whether rock, jazz, or beyond - is special, and the artist/musicians who create it do so because they are compelled to create, and compelled to share their unique creations with the world. The world -- and especially the world of music -- is a better place because of their contributions, and hopefully also because of Cuneiform Records' role in it. Let’s welcome Spring, and let’s welcome this season of musical blossoms, Cuneiform Records' Spring 2017 New Releases.