Initiate  The Nels Cline Singers

Initiate is the fourth recording by The Nels Cline Singers and Cline's seventh release as a leader on Cryptogramophone. Initiate documents a remarkable three-day recording session at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and The Singers' first live concert recording at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Throughout the beautifully designed Digipak are six photographs of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, by photographer Simon Norfolk, striking visual representations of the power of Initiate. 1.18 trillion electron volts and counting.

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Scott Amendola


1Into It2:51
4You Noticed2:53
5Redline To Greenland8:57
6Mercy (Supplication)6:37
7Grow Closer6:45
9B86 (Inkblot Nebula)2:10
10King Queen7:15
12Mercy (Procession)7:00
13Into It (You Turn)2:55


Nearly 10 years into leading the winkingly named instrumental trio the Nels Cline Singers, it's hard to imagine what fringe of jazz and improvised rock could be unearthed next by the local guitar hero who joined the boundary-pushing band Wilco in 2004.

Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, 4/13/10

If there's a type of Western music you can name, chances are Nels Cline has made it at some point in the last 30 years. He finally became prominent outside of niche circles when he joined Wilco last decade, and if there's any justice, he's finally reaping

Joe Tangari, Pitchfork Media, 4/16/10

It’s easy to focus on Nels Cline’s jack-of-all-trades work ethic, but what really makes the guitarist so significant is the consistency he brings to all these projects: a singular voice that occasionally goes heavy on the effects pedals, but uses them to

Mike Shanley, Jazz Times, May 2010