It's not all bad news today; it only seems that way. The world's a mess, but all is right with pianist R. Andrew Lee, who continues to blaze deep trails into the music of major minimalists past and present. New today on the Irritable Hedgehog label is Eva-Maria Houben: Piano Music, Lee's second venture into works by a member of the increasingly prominent and endlessly fascinating Wandelweiser collective. (If you're unacquainted with Wandelweiser, read this essay by Michael Pisaro, another collective member.) The new album is available on Bandcamp, either in dry-goods form or as a download in a variety of formats.
I can't say very much about the album's content yet, as I've literally just purchased the album. But suffice it to say that Lee plays this slow, deliberate and contemplative music with his characteristic diligence and care; Irritable Hedgehog offers exemplary sound; and Will Robin provides insightful, eminently readable liner notes, which you can read on the Bandcamp page. Suffice it to say that while presumably I could have waited for someone to feed me a gratis promotional copy of this album, past experience with Lee's series meant that I just didn't want to waste any time in getting this.