The album Somber Seldom is the debut album of the band Inside the Baxter Building. It contains 13 tracks of electronic real-time music. The trio - consisting of Simon Petermann (trombone, electronics), Samuel Würgler (trumpet, electronics) and Fabian Gutscher (electronics) - surprises with a remarkable variety of sounds. All tracks are pieces of improvised music that were recorded live in the studio. The band manages to break through stereotypes of the electroacoustic genre, and to keep their music lively and mobile, which in electronic music is a rarity. By manipulating the sounds of their instruments the musicians create a rich palette of sounds with which they lead the listener into unexpected soundscapes. In addition to the quieter songs like Tales of Dawn, which represents a tasteful sound painting, they sometimes use clichés of electronic dance music, like the pounding bass drum track in The Birds and the Other. The title track Seldom Somber includes a spoken poem read by Samuel Würgler whose sadness is accurately depicted in music through the viscous flowing beat. Between the tracks electronic bells are rung as Interludes that act as brackets on the whole album and round it off as an integrated piece of art.
released March 4, 2016
The artwork was designed in great detail by the Bernese graphic artist Sandro Galli. His graphical implementation is full of references to the merger of the digital world with the organic elements of the present music.
The album will be released on March 4, 2016 by the Bernese Label Morpheus Records.