Grand Transients record organic instrumentals that meld down-tempo electronic beats, textured guitars, and earthy brass into modern, moody atmospheres. Using this singular musical vocabulary, Spark the Future forges an identity for Grand Transients, a collaboration founded on the long-standing musical friendship between synthesist-sound designer Michael Ver Steegt and guitarist-producer Chrys Bocast, the principal songwriters. Chrys and Michael are joined for this recording by Matt Covert, a talented young saxophonist who has been performing with Chrys at recent concerts. Fans of Chrys’ previous work (Through the Airlock, Stratagem, Intrinsic) will recognize her signature e-bow melodies and rich tones, contrasted with Michael’s nuanced piano and synthesizer timbres, all energized by Matt’s fluid playing. The CD features striking artwork by internationally recognized collage artist John Hundt, who has provided distinctive visuals for all of Chrys’ releases. With a few sonic nods to shared influences and novel tonalities, Grand Transients set an intriguing new course for visionary music…

 

Echoes Top 25 for January 2017 / #5 for February 2017:  “It’s a really fantastic album.” John Diliberto, host and executive producer of Echoes, a nightly music soundscape on Public Radio International, heard on public radio stations across the country.