The Nels Cline Singers’ name is a guitarist’s joke: each of Macrsocope’s 10 tracks is an instrumental, unless you count the wordless cries in “Respira” as singing – which may be a guitarist’s joke too. Nels Cline is the stringman in question, a member of the Chicago band Wilco with a distinguished side-career in experimental music, from jazz to the wilder reaches of avant-rock.

All bases are covered in Macroscope, a magnificently diverse yet coherent set of tracks incorporating countrified psychedelia (“The Wedding Band”), punk-rock shredding (“Hairy Mother”) and probing jazz (“Canales Cabeza”). Throughout all drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn keep perfect time to Cline’s masterful variations.

The Nels Cline Singers


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