“quoniam facta sum vilis” C37
(Astral Spirits)

From the low toque flutter of “Lay” to the run-aground boat-wail of “Pa,” Brandon Lopez shreds bow over contrabass strings with frontal lobe violence. His third solo album, quoniam facta sum vilis (see Lamentations 1:11), is partly a response to Bach’s six well-trodden cello suites. Avoiding paved common ground, Lopez constructs new rough surface. The album’s eight tunes glint murderous beauty as they push forward in rhythmic cycles like strangulated breath. Mostly recorded at the Horatio N. May Chapel in the Rosehill Cemetery (Chicago), the venue suits (or informs) the mood.

--Rick Weaver