From Faith Coloccia: When Aaron and I started SIGE records in 2010, our first goal was to make friends while creating situations in which to learn. We wanted to maintain creative control of our records and also maintain the direction of our intent by being personally involved in the process of manufacturing, and our relationships with the people we work with. We wanted to foster community with people who reimagine what the world can be, and can reimagine be-ing in the world. In our 10+ years as a label we have been constantly amazed at the depth and unending talent of friends new and old that we work with. I met Thom Nguyen through Tashi Dorji last year when SIGE released We Bow To No Masters (Tashi Dorji, Thom Nguyen, Patrick Shiroishi, Dylan Fujioka). We see record releases as constellations- so when Thom sent us his debut solo record of course we wanted to help it come out into the world. Thom is a powerful person, he is grounded in a dedication to reimagine time and space and the influence of emotion, and I am so happy to get to work with him. Friends and acquaintances are interconnected and integral parts of reimagining systems of knowledge and being!
Monday, March 29, 2021
Thom Nguyen is an Asheville, North Carolina-based improvisor and drummer of Nest Egg, MANAS, Forever Peace + Charm and We Bow To No Masters. Producing energetic bursts and invoking a sensitivity to space that one often associates with Free-Jazz and New Music percussion, Nguyen’s approach elegantly bridges works of sonic sculpture with a punk aesthetic of immediacy, aggression and playfulness.
1. Blackout Meditation
2. On top of the water tower looking up, looking down
3. Apart of, too, or before
4. This Cold Heat
5. Present Point of Necessity
6. Nor is harmony more or less complex
7. Leaning Towards Dementia
Thom Nguyen - Drums
Ft. Archimedes on track 5 - Dog tags
All tracks are improvised, no overdubs.
Recorded and mixed by Jerm at Serpent and the Rainbow, Summer 2019.
Mastered by Jake Rodriguez
Artwork and design by Faith Coloccia