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Medeski Martin & Wood releases Radiolarians III

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[Medeski Martin & Wood]'s newest album Radiolarians III comes out today. We've had a chance to listen to it and it's unquestionably one of the group's best recordings to date. You can listen to one song from the album on their Nextbop profile. We’re also in talks with their label Indirecto, so you should be able to stream more of the band’s music on our website very shortly. And if you’re already a MMW fan go [buy Radiolarians III]!

Here’s the official press release:

“Restlessly inventive improvising trio Medeski Martin & Wood are set to release the third installment of The Radiolarian Series on August 4th, 2009. Recorded in December 2008, Radiolarians III perfectly sums up the themes, motifs and styles laid out in the previous two Radiolarians records. There is an epic feel at play here, as the choruses rise and swell out of low-lying grooves and polyrhythms. Highlights include the passionate and gritty traditional “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” the anthemic “Undone,” and the Latin-influenced acoustic opener “Chantes Des Femmes.” Overall, Radiolarians III finds the trio doing what they do best, melding genres and improvising. What results, is maybe the strongest and most cohesive album of the entire Radiolarians Series.

The Radiolarian Series named after a type of single-celled organisms with dazzlingly intricate exoskeletons is designed to subvert the age-old music industry cycle of write>record>tour. The trio, consisting of keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood, convened for brief writing retreats, performed only that new material on tour, recorded the material immediately after getting off the road, and are now releasing these albums on their own Indirecto label.

The band has repeated this process three times, resulting in three albums. The first of which, Indirecto released as Radiolarians I, on September 30, 2008, the second being Radiolarians II on April 14, 2009, and the third installment, Radiolarians III, scheduled for release on August 4, 2009. The three albums will be compiled into a limited-edition boxed set with extensive packaging, vinyl, and bonus audio and video content, coming out just in time for the holiday season of ‘09.

"By the third tour, we were really deep in the process, and enjoying ourselves,” said John Medeski. “Writing the material, and performing it was a pleasure. When you've been together for 18 years, it's pretty great to find that kind of synergy."
The first Radiolarian Series shows were in February of 2008, and were followed by recording sessions in March. The second leg of touring took place in July followed by subsequent recording in August. Again, following five days of collective composition by Medeski Martin &Wood, the final touring leg of The Radiolarian Series took place in November 2008.”