The bass is accepted as the ultimate tool for a rhythm section, discreetly leading the charge as the heartbeat and metronome. It is the spiritual glue which binds the harmonic and rhythmic worlds, the humble captain quietly steering the ship.
Mode for Titan, out October 9th, demonstrates that on its own, the bass is also a powerful melodic and ambient force, and without drums and the usual suspects, it becomes decidedly meditational. Written specifically on and for the instrument, this record dances between the worlds of songwriting, improvisation, movement and sonic texture.
To Maximize, Laswell introduced Werner to perform on different versions of the instrument, (sitar bass, upright bass, 7 string bass) as well as unleashing his sonic arsenal to create this low end journey. While a wide array of influences is heard on Werner’s compositions, it’s the introspective creative focus which guides, simplicity beauty and space are constant in this journey, and the rich colors of Laswell’s sonic translations are the compass.
Years of recoding and performing with artists such as Matisyahu Ghostface Killah, Lee Scratch Perry and Cibo Matto have shaped Werner as a genuine low end force, Along with his “Sci Fi Dub Noir” outfit Helio Parallax and various Laswell related projects ( Method Of Defiance, Bass invaders ) Werner is an active abstract painter, session musician, and songwriter, working with artists such as Popcaan, James Brandon Lewis, Wu Tang and Tunde Adebimpe.