Biota – Fragment For Balance (2019)

Posted by Green on December 4, 2019as

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After 4 years of work on their 11th release for ReR, this extraordinary, reclusive, and highly individual audio-visual collective continues to evolve through the painstaking accumulation and disposition of a seemingly incompatible range of both exotic and familiar musical languages, instruments, techniques and studio manipulations into one of the few genuinely original bands at work today. It took a long time to refine their unique process of composition to this level of ambiguity and depth and newcomers will wonder how they strayed so far from orthodoxy and yet managed to retain a lucidity and transparency that is quite rare in contemporary music. The bullet points are that Biota is a unique project, defying genre with, like all such cult artists, a small but extremely dedicated public that, over the last 15 years has grown continuously as new listeners discover them. Founded in Colorado in the late 1970s, Biota’s first recordings were released under the name of the Mnemonist Orchestra who, between 1980 and 1984, released five albums on its own label, before linking up with ReR.


Kristianne Gale – voice, acoustic guitar on (21)
James Gardner – electronic woodwind motifs
Tom Katsimpalis – electric, nylon, & 12-string guitars, Crown bass, Clavioline
Randy Miotke – Rhodes, trumpet flugelhorn, chimes, electronic processing, mix
Charles O’Meara – piano
Mark Pierseil – acouslic & resophonic guitars, mix
William Sharp – mix, editing, arrengements, electronic processing
Gordon Whitlow – Hammond electric & Estey pump organs, accordion, kaen, mix, editing
Larry Wilson – kit drums & percussion
Randy Yeates – Biomellodrone keyboard
David Zekman – violin, banjolin

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