Quicksails is the main creative outlet for the prolific Chicago music-maker Ben Baker Billington. BBB* is a member of Moonrises, a tremendous psych band who released their sophomore record Frozen Altars with Captcha back in 2013. He is also the percussionist in the legendary jazz trio Tiger Hatchery. Tiger Hatchery just released their most recent album on ESP Disk, the same label that released Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders back in the day.
While Quicksails can be considered BBB’s solo enterprise, he called in some friends to help with this record. Fellow TH members Andrew Scott Young and Mike Forbes are featured; Haley Fohr of Circuit Des Yeux (a band BBB has played in as well) also makes an appearance. Rounding out the cast of stars in this Chicago supergroup is Rob Frye, who plays with psych guru Cooper Crain’s Bitchin’ Bajas and CAVE. So basically what you have here is a meeting of minds featuring some of the finest experimental, jazz, psych, and avant-garde heads the Chicago music scene has to offer. No joke: they all deliver.
Fleur De La Lune is truly a record that is hard to pin down. It is a series of compositions of electronic music, touching on the Kosmiche school of krautrock and minimalist composers a là Terry Riley. BBB brings in loads of acoustic instruments and voices to create one of the more interesting experimental/jazz/avant garde records in recent memory. If I overheard someone describing this record by saying “it totally sounds like Silver Apples jamming with Joe McPhee,” I would think that sounded about right. This record is proof that BBB has a very developed understanding of free jazz. For me, this record came at the perfect time. If you let this record do its thing, it will not disappoint. You may not know where you are going, but the trip is going to be revelatory.
This audiophile LP was mastered by James Plotkin. The stunning cover art is by Emme Williams and the layout and design are by David Russell Stempowski. The record was pressed on 150g red-pollen-in-space-blue wax, housed in a 300g full color sleeve. It’s being released in a microedition of 250 copies. This one won’t last long!
*Ben Baker Billington is also 100% active in the following groups; ONO, ADT, Partner, and Emily Moon.