“New Music: Night And Day”
Six years in the making, Dylan Howe’s new album, SUBTERRANEAN - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin, is finally released this week.
Subterranean is Howe’s first studio album in ten years and it’s made up of his arrangements of tracks from Bowie’s influential Berlin Trilogy era releases, Low and "Heroes".
We’re loving it here at DBFBHQ, but don't take our word for how good it is. Here are a few quotations from recent reviews...
“An exquisite take on Bowie’s late 70s largely instrumental collaborations with Brian Eno. Subterranean possibly glimpses how Coltrane may have interpreted Bowie. Howe combines a great concept, a superb band and his own significant talents as a drummer and arranger to deliver his best album to date.”
“A beguiling jazz rethink of Berlin-era Bowie. 8/10.”
Uncut Magazine (Also featured in Uncut’s Top 20 Best Albums of 2014)
“Probably one of the UK’s most important and vital drummers..."Subterranean" is an audacious and astounding piece of work that should be in every music collection - a real triumph - 9/10.”
Blues & Soul
“A splendid recording - gorgeously intimate…A project for which he deserves huge credit. 4 stars”
Here’s the tracklisting:
1. Subterraneans 08:23
2. Weeping Wall 07:04
3. All Saints 11:04
4. Some Are 06:29
5. Neuköln - Night 04:59
6. Art Decade 04:41
7. Warszawa 11:07
8. Neuköln - Day 05:28
9. Moss Garden 06:23
Check out the dedicated bandcamp page where you can listen to the album in full, and if you like what you hear, there are various EXTREMELY limited formats available to purchase on the same page. There are also details of Dylan’s upcoming autumn tour.
FOOTNOTE: Those of you wondering about today’s lyric quotation would be right in concluding that New Music: Night And Day was never a Bowie lyric. However, it was the original title for Low and it ties in nicely with Howe’s night and day versions of Neuköln.
Finally, the other CD in our illustration is the recently released new recording of Philip Glass’s Low Symphony, performed by Basel Sinfonieorchester and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
This is considered to be a superior performance of the work compared with previously available versions.