How Low End Theory Inspired Jazz Musician Tim Conley’s MAST Project (via L.A. Weekly)

He thinks big, real big: L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist Tim Conley is the man behind Mast (stylized as MAST), whose second album, Love and War, is just out on Alpha Pup.

An ambitiously massive undertaking structured like a three-act play, the record’s 17 songs are interlaced with recurring musical themes serving as characters in a sometimes painful, often vicious and always beautifully detailed story of finding love, losing love, letting go and rising above. Love and War is musically deep stuff, comprising largely instrumental pieces made via electronic means (synths, software) interfaced with electric guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.

The Philadelphia-area native Conley was trained as a jazz musician and comes from heavy immersion in that city’s improvisational jazz scene, notably as a member of the righteous 10-piece Fresh Cut Orchestra, who feature on Love and War’s “She’s Chasing the Dragon.” His introduction to the potentialities of an electronic-jazz hybrid came from numerous nights spent at Philly legend King Britt’s weekly DJ/jazz band jam sessions.

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