ensemble, et al.'s ﬁrst full-length record, "present point passed", is the culmination of an incredibly productive period in which the group coalesced artistically into its own ideal of a musical unit. Since the beginning, the members of ensemble, et al. have shared a few key traits in common: an afﬁnity for minimalist-vein new music, formal training in classical and jazz percussion, and—most importantly—extensive experience writing and performing in collaborative rock bands. For the group, the process of composing, rehearsing, and recording present point passed was an afﬁrmation that a balance can be struck between adventurous, composer-driven music in the contemporary classical tradition and the collaboratively-created and improvised music of modern popular music traditions. That dual awareness has manifested itself not just in the sound of the group's music but also in their attitude and approach toward composition. The result of this approach is a record that powerfully demonstrates a democratic creative effort and the collective aesthetic of the group's members.
released 21 January 2014
All compositions by ensemble, et al. (Jeff Eng, Charlie Kessenich, J. Ross Marshall & Ron Tucker)
Produced by ensemble, et al. and Don DiLego
Engineered and mixed by Don DiLego at Velvet Elk Studios
Mastered by Jon Cohrs at Spleenless Mastering
Album artwork by Bobby Genalo
"The resonant, tonal palette of chimes, bells, and percussive ringing instruments effectively drum across the tight wire between post-punk textures, airport spaces, and the endless grass fields of the mind."