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ARTIST
TITLE
Hindsight Bias
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
HUBRO 2539CD HUBRO 2539CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/13/2014

Drummer Øyvind Skarbø's trio Bly De Blyant, comprised of the Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson (TYFT, Jim Black's AlasNoAxis) and the Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (Marc Ribot, Will Oldham, John Zorn) in addition to Skarbø, received glowing reviews for their adventurous debut album ABC (HUBRO 2523CD/3523LP). The British magazine Prog wrote: "It's a highly subtle album that denies itself nothing in terms of its sonic palette." Rock-a-Rolla described the album as "[a]n intriguing, shapeshifting collection, open-ended and saturated with potential." Hindsight Bias was recorded in the same studio with the same technician, Davide Bertolini. This time, too, the three musicians were together in the same room, without headphones, and with a wide variety of analog instruments and equipment to play around with. One important point of similarity between ABC and Hindsight Bias is the unprejudiced attitude towards mixing and drawing inspiration from different genres. The members of the trio find references everywhere, and seem capable of combining them in an entirely uninhibited manner. The main difference between the two releases lies in the material. ABC was a rather fragmented record, presenting a large number of short pieces. Many of them were based on small sketches, and a good deal of the album was improvised in the studio. Despite their broad-minded eclecticism, the band manage to maintain credibility in everything they do, whether it is prog-inspired rock, groovy, twisted instrumental soul, or disco with a banjo. This is a band that feels at home no matter which musical impulse they choose to pursue. Shahzad Ismaily (bass, Moog, organ, banjo, drum machine, voice); Hilmar Jensson (guitar, "snake" guitar, bass, piano, voice); Øyvind Skarbø (drums, percussion, voice).