It’s rare that an album emerges as something entirely new; so different that there aren’t any genre or sub-genre categories into which it comfortably fits. Like its critically acclaimed, similarly forward-reaching and all-improvised sister The Stone House – released first but actually recorded second during a marathon six-day 2016 series of sessions that will ultimately yield more than the three albums initially planned – Lighthouse is an even more tumultuous, texture-driven and, perhaps, overtly daring ride than the undeniably audacious The Stone House.
Lighthouse, featuring guitarist Mark Wingfield, touch guitarist Markus Reuter and drummer Asaf Sirkis, represents a true paradigm shift in what improvised music can be. This isn’t jazz, though its improvisational spontaneity suggests at least a tenuous link. It isn’t rock – or, more appropriately, progressive rock – though it certainly is, by definition, progressive in its futuristic stance. Nor is it free improv, despite its overall lack of planning. Instead, the bold and utterly fresh Lighthouse represents nothing less than a brand new methodology and a completely unheard-of way of doing things, its sense of progression and imagination miraculously drawn from the ether, with no clear precedent or preconception.
MARK WINGFIELD guitar
MARKUS REUTER touch guitar
ASAF SIRKIS drumsAll compositions by Wingfield Reuter Sirkis.
Produced by Leonardo Pavkovic and Wingfield Reuter Sirkis.
Executive production by Leonardo Pavkovic, MoonJune Records.
Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs and minimal editing. The music on this album was composed at the moment of playing with no music written down or rehearsed.
Recorded by Jesus Rovira at La Casa Murada Studios, Banyeres del Penedés, Catalunya, Spain, on February 18, 2016.
Mixed by Mark Wingfield & Markus Reuter at Heron Island Studio, Cambridgeshire, England, in March 2017, and mastered by Mark Wingfield in May 2017.