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DRIFT 06:58 video
BUDGE 12:52
ROLL 09:21


Ground Patrol take the trance-like repetition of Dawn Of Midi and the spatial-sonic exploration of The Necks to new levels.

Their debut album consists of four improvised pieces, each beginning with a short musical theme which loops upon itself, but never perfectly. These unbalanced or slightly out of phase loops work with and against one another, generating a kinetic charge that brings the theme to life. The theme begins to transform, surging forward with ever-more energy, and morphing into unexpected new forms with all the random beauty of organic evolution.

Like Battles on a heroic dose of LSD, Ground Patrol transforms what would be inert musical cells into an ever-blooming fractal.

Their process is a deliberate reaction against music that is overly mathematical, careful, or precious. The duo eschew order for flow, embracing chance and randomness with an approach that relies on the dialogue and spontaneity of live performance, and is rooted in the physicality and response of their instruments.

This trans-continental duo is comprised of New York-based guitarist Kyle Sanna and Sydney-based drummer Alon Ilsar. Kyle is deeply immersed in New York’s improvised music scene, and has performed with virtuosos like Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile, and in venues like Bach House in Eisenach, the Sultan of Oman’s Royal Opera House, and Carnegie Hall.

Alon Ilsar has been a member of a multiple, vital Australian experimental acts, including the experimental pop group Gauche, avant-garde metal band Darth Vegas, and electronic future-jazz trio The Sticks. More recently, he has collaborated with the Neshamah Dance Company and Trevor Dunn.

Ground Patrol’s debut album, DRIFT, is essential for fans of The Necks, Battles, Dawn Of Midi, and Tortoise.


released November 7, 2017

Kyle Sanna, guitar
Alon Ilsar, drums

Recorded live at Summercamp Studios, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 18 & 19, 2016
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kyle Sanna
Cover image by Kyle Sanna
All songs by Ground Patrol © 2017

Thanks to Ilusha Tsinadze


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