|Crouton weeps with joy over this new release featuring Steve Hess, percussion; Jeff Klatt, cello; Jon Mueller, percussion; and Matt Turner, cello. Together they form ‘Hat Melter’, and quite literally too, as their names suggest. Although beyond the coincidence of the selective letters of their names, this group also combines elements of each others’ instruments to create a record of rich, vibrant sound - loaded with the texture of strings, and the melody of percussion. Strange, yes, and so is the record. The initial recordings were captured in a live setting. The cello work of Matt Turner, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading improvising cellists (as featured on Meniscus, Stellar, O.O. Discs, Asian Improv, Rastascan, Geode, and Cadence), is top notch, and is complemented wholeheartedly by vibrant cellist and recent composition graduate Jeff Klatt. Steve Hess and Jon Mueller, known Chicago and Milwaukee area percussionists, play harmonies with their cymbals, and grind Styrofoam through box fans. The results of this live session were then taken back to C. Rosenau’s studio, segmented, and analog constructed into new developments - segments as heard from the ‘ear’ of one room mic, strings picked up by snare drum mics - a reassignment of the flow of vibrations, and the feeling of ‘moments’ being pulled out of a magic hat. The end result is a record of switched sound characteristics, mixed emotions, and combined names that reveals a mysterious, often dark labyrinth of unknown sound. Two side long tracks, each with no name - unknown first by the players, and finally the listener. This pressing will be an edition of 300 hand numbered copies on DMM, 220 gm virgin black vinyl, housed in a cardboard jacket and over wrapped with a printed paper strip.