Macroscope  The Nels Cline Singers


MACROSCOPE, the fifth album by Nels' adventurous trio The Nels Cline Singers, provides a measure of the long-running group’s staggering range. Captivating and continually surprising, the album finds the instrumental trio with the slyly deceptive name veering in one off-kilter direction only to suddenly be overwhelmed by another drastic stylistic shift, often within the space of a single tune. Serrated psychedelia becomes consumed by soulful Brasiliana, blissed-out electronica overwhelmed by garage-rock skronk. Then there’s the wholly unexpected “Red Before Orange,” where a howling Hendrix-inspired solo suddenly erupts in the middle of a slick lounge-jazz number, Cline unleashing the inner George Benson that few of us expected he even had.

Macroscope is a co-production with Mack Avenue Records 


guitars, voice, percussion, drum-buddy
Trevor Dunn
Scott Amendola
drums, percussion, electronics
electric harp
Cyro Baptista
Yuka C. Honda
electric piano
Josh Jones


1Companion Piece5:37
2Canales' Cabeza4:23
4Red Before Orange4:11
5The Wedding Band8:18
6Macroscope (for Kusama-San)4:01
7Climb Down3:20
8Seven Zed Heaven11:16
9Hairy Mother7:10
10Sacha's Book of Frogs5:54