If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. Reese sets the beat with a live kit, then weaves and layers, swirls and drops all kinds of synthesized and analog sounds around it. Mass Praktikal songs, for the most part, are crisp, fun and invigorating. The full album will be released on Not Art Records on March 27 and available through the usual outlets. Reese as the drummer for the acclaimed post-rock band The Album Leaf, which is not based in Denver. This is an album where Reese’s drums not form the bedrock but also hold a staring role. Now, as Mass Praktikal, he is set to release his debut solo album, titled “To plan is a luxury–to dream, a birthright.” The title is apt because, like much of the Album Leaf catalog, these are instrumental songs with a dreamlike quality. Yes, the result can be a bit chaotic, but it is well orchestrated rather than random. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. But unlike the Album Leaf, these are Reese’s dreams alone, and many are chaotic. Reese is set to release his debut solo album. Sometimes chaos is synonymous with high energy, and that is what’s going on here. Sadly, the release show will be held in Brooklyn. Below, download “The Discovery” by Mass Praktikal. While he may take a bit of a background role, he’s integral to the Album Leaf, giving the often ambient instrumental music a foundation so it doesn’t drift off entirely. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. But fingers crossed, there will be Denver dates. The Album Leaf’s Timothy C. (Image courtesy of the artist)
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And unlike a lot of music with an ambient-electronic feel, this music isn’t all moody and hazy. Reese is also a poet, one you could imagine those of the Beat Generation calling their own.