Live at the Mudlark Public Theater EP
1. Ghosts of Arabi* 7:35
2. Best Bank Second Line* 4:08
3. Blues Right Quick* 7:43
4. Band Introductions* 0:36
5. Android Cat Watches Birds** 3:50
6. Groove Static** 6:52
Produced, mixed, mastered, & design by Jim Combs
Recorded at *Mudlark Public Theater, New Orleans, LA on May 5, 2016 & rehearsals at **Common Sound Studio, Decatur, GA April 2016
Many thanks to all the folks who attended the show and were a part of the Zone Music Awards 2016 show. Also thanks to Justin Blaire Vial's allthecolorsofthedark with Mark Loque, and Proud Father for letting us share their bill.
Christian Birk - Custom Modular Synthesizer and Elektron Analog 4 Synthesizer
Jim Combs - Korg and Roland Synthesizers & Drum Machines
Josie Quick - Electric Violin
Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay - Debut #30 for February 2017, #87 March 2017, #54 April 2017.
Live at the Mudlark Public Theater
KKUP 91.5FM No Pigeonholes show played "Android Birds Watches Birds" on April 9, 2017.
WWSP 90FM Ambient Aether show in Stevens Point, WI played "Gorove Static" on April 16, 2017, "Blues Right Quick" on April 9, 2017, "Groove Static" on April 2, 2017, "Best Bank Second Line" on March 26, 2017 and March 12, 2017, "Groove Static" on March 19, 2017, "Ghosts of Arabi" on March 5, 2017, "Groove Static" on February 26, 2017, "Android Cat Watches Birds" on February 12, 2017, "Blues right Quick" on February 5, 2017, "Best Bank Second Line" on January 29, 2017, and "Ghosts of Arabi" on January 22, 2017.
Radio Marabu 104.8FM NO PIGEONHOLES in Belm, Germany played "Best Bank Second Line" on March 15, 2017.
YLE Radio 1 Avaruusromua (Space Junk) Finnish Broadcasting Company radio played "Ghosts of Arabi" on March 5, 2017.
WDIY 88.1FM Galactic Travels radio show played "Best Bank Second Line" on February 23, 2017, and "Android Cat Watches Birds" on January 19, 2017. Lists the EP as Top 20 for the months of March 2017, February 2017, and January 2017.
WVKR 91.3FM Secret Music show from Poughkeepsie, NY played "Ghosts of Arabi" on February 12, 2017. Listed #1 on the Top 20 for February 2017.
KUAC 89.9FM Nightlight show in Fairbanks, AK played "Groove Static" on January 22, 2017.
WWUH 91.3FM Ambience show in West Hartford, CT played "Ghosts of Arabi" on March 26, 2017, "Ghosts of Arabi," "Best Bank Second Line," "Android Cat Watches Birds," "and Blues Right Quick"" on January 22, 2017.
KCBX 90FM Beyond The Fringe in San Luis Obispo | 89.5 Santa Barbara | 91.7 Paso Robles to Salinas 90.9 Santa Ynez, Avila Beach, Cambria | 91.1 Cayucos | and 95.1 Lompoc played "Blues Right Quick" on April 25, 2017, "Ghosts of Arabi" on April 11, 2017, "Groove Static" on February 28, 2017, "Blues Right Quick" on February 7, 2017, and "Ghosts of Arabi" on January 17, 2017
WYSO 90.3FM Alpha Rhythms radio show in Yellow Springs, OH played "Ghosts of Arabi" on January 15, 2017.
WMUH 91.7FM Thought Radio show in Allentown, PA played "Groove Static" on January 14, 2017.
Sylvain Lupari, Synth&Sequences Blog, February 23, 2017
Recorded during a concert at Mudlark Public Theater in New Orleans on December 2016, this last opus of Sensitive Chaos, simply entitled Live at the Mudlark Public Theater, is a mini album of 30 minutes where the band of Jim Combs interprets 6 unedited titles while waiting to a consecration for the album March of the Timeshifters being chosen the best album of EM by Zone Music Reporter.
"Ghosts of Arabi" presents to us the dark side of Sensitive Chaos with Josie Quick's very tearful violin which tears a dark soundscape plunged into vapors of ether. Thus it's with a very introspective ambient music, where the curt movements of the violin strings are dancing on its tranquility proposed previously and now resumed by the charms of the synth, that Sensitive Chaos celebrates March of the Timeshifters.
The Arabian flavors of "Ghosts of Arabi" are pouring in the introduction knotted of pulsations which shake the very Middle East tribal approach of "Best Bank Second Line". The rhythm is hectic with a skillful mixture between American folk and the Arabian ballads tinted by a lascivious Baladi dance where the hips espouse the slow and idle movement of the violin.
Josie Quick's violin remains just as much dominant in "Blues Right Quick" which does not really need a description. That's Blues, rather lunar and very intimate, that we listen to around a fire which illuminates a night in the desert.
Carillons and light tones, "Android Cat Watches Birds" is a very good ballad of Sensitive Chaos' repertoire. We find there here sound flavors of March of the Timeshifters and of the very seductive Amerisynthecana; one of the very beautiful surprises of 2013.
The best is for the end with "Groove Static" which lays down a structure of a very lively minimalist rhythm near to our ears. Hopping and lively, the meshing between percussions and its tsitt-tsitt, as well as the heavy hummings of the pulsations, condemn our feet to follow the drumming of our fingers in very vaporous atmospheres a la Schulze in his years of Picture Music. It's of good old Berlin School where we would have never thought of finding on an album of Sensitive Chaos.
With a musical register which transcends the traditional American electronic folk style, Live at the Mudlark Public Theater, is a beautiful intrusion in the parallel universe of Sensitive Chaos. The music is very good! She overflies a beautiful pallet of styles, which always made the strength of this rather eclectic group, with an audacious emphasis in the tribal kind of the Middle East and the paths gazified of ether of the old model of Berlin School. On the other hand, this music also suffers from a small lack of relief because the group became an evening trio. I hardly dare to imagine all the depth which would get free of it if Jim Combs brought it in studio with his 6 musicians who make of the Sensitive Chaos universe something rather unique. But the music of Live at the Mudlark Public Theater will stay a collector's item for the fans of the group who were not able to have the opportunity to go this very convivial concert of Sensitive Chaos.