Steve Reich

Playful and Persistent: Julius Eastman, Abdu Ali, and the Women's March are all vital to Horse Lords' latest release

Playful and Persistent: Julius Eastman, Abdu Ali, and the Women's March are all vital to Horse Lords' latest release

On Horse Lords' cover of 'Stay on It,' a composition from noted '70s and '80s New York composer Julius Eastman who innately bridged disco and classical music, drummer Sam Haberman aggrandizes the rhythmic punctuation latent in Eastman while Andrew Bernstein's wailing sax feels like vicarious liberation—the cry of Eastman's love for drums and dance-floor fervor defying classical conservatism.

"If Eastman was playing concert music that referenced dance music, then we are playing dance music that references concert music that references dance music," Bernstein writes over email.

The 21-minute version of Eastman's track—clav-heavy, unfaltering, with a...

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