It's hard to believe in coincidence but it's even harder to believe in anything else, a smartass once said. Howe Gelb has his own revealing personal if ironic take on it: «I'm coming from a long line of coincidence.»
Not coincidentally, the newest album and title song of this Arizona master-exponent of Desert Rock is «The Coincidentalist» (released Nov. 5, 2013 on New West Records). He recorded it in his trademark painstaking manner with the core of his present band, M. Ward and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. Featured illustrious guests are Bonnie Prince Willy on «Vortexas» and KT Tunstall on «The 3 Deaths Of Lucky».
Sticking to what makes music great, Howe Gelb's «The Coincidentalist» is rolling against your mind and body like a warm desert breeze, it contains a masterful collection of 11 songs, at once sweet and warm and tender, rough and scratchy and mixed with baffling, epic sonic explosions like ephemeral blinding light.
Howe The Coincidentalist is our prodigal son coming home from the desert. A very special artist and leader of Giant Sand, he's drawn a cultish following worldwide that has been fanatically devoted to his guitar- and piano-based wanderings. He's a master of the almost sonically impossible and he's been traveling his own singular path for more than 30 years. Allow some sand into your shoes and open your mind to this giants' art. And for once also believe, he's not here by coincidence.
Please note: For the many of you who've enjoyed the art of Howe on his previous nights on our very populated island: The desert spoke and it's a fact, he's on his way and heading directly to our stage with a quartet who's personnel is Gabriel Sullivan on guitar, Thoger Lund on bass, Steve Shelley on drums and himself on piano and guitar. For sure, aficionados, «only» a solo gig isn't what's going to be in the cards tonight...