Announcing the Motet's Latest Studio Release: Instrumental Dissent

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"Instrumental Dissent" reflects much of the band's new, electronically textured explorations while still driving home hard hitting, percussive dance grooves. The album touches on many of the band's influences, from afro-beat to salsa, in addition to delving into new realms of house, break-beat, and down-tempo.

With the release of their new album, "Instrumental Dissent," The Motet is ready for its latest transformation.

"Instrumental Dissent" reflects much of the band's new, electronically textured explorations while still driving home hard hitting, percussive dance grooves. The album touches on many of the band's influences, from afro-beat to salsa, in addition to delving into new realms of house, break-beat, and down-tempo. "Instrumental Dissent" is a hypnotic creation which will have old Motet fans excited by the new direction of the band, and new fans captivated by the group's deliciously trancy throw down.

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"This album is exciting for me because we're digging into new territory," said Motet founder, Dave Watts.

"Instrumental Dissent" demonstrates The Motet's ever-evolving sound with it's innovative use of electronica, house, and trance, layered within a jazz format. The album also includes vocal samples rooted in activism and non-violence, with the words of such outspoken social commentators as Noam Chomski, Harry Bellafonte, and others.

"We've included these voices because we feel that as musicians we have a responsibility to promote positive change. Social change is as important as musical change, and it's sometimes difficult for an instrumental band to bring that message," said Watts.

By allowing the music to tell their story and the dance beats to enrapture audiences, The Motet's new album is a record to be reckoned with.

Using the rich musical landscape of Boulder, Colorado as their muse, The Motet has mastered the delicate task of constantly reinventing their sound while staying true to their various roots. Founded in 1998 by Dave Watts, The Motet has become one of the best improvisational bands touring today. Their ability to seamlessly fuse elements of afro-beat, afro-cuban drumming, funk, latin, and jazz has led to a sound that defies categorization.

"Our tendency to avoid being pigeon-holed is a reflection of who we are as musicians," said Watts. "We try to be open-minded about how we approach different genres and traditions."

After switching members throughout the past eight years, The Motet has now maintained the same lineup for over a year. The group consists of drummer Dave Watts, percussionist Scott Messersmith, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, bassist Garrett Sayers, keyboardist Adam Revell, and saxophonist Dominic Lalli.

Now that the revolving door of musicians that formerly defined The Motet has slowed down, each member is assisting with the creative process - allowing an even deeper perspective to come through their music.

"I wrote and/or arranged just about all of the material on the new album, but now that the rest of the group is participating in song-writing, it's really becoming an exciting endeavor," said Watts. "I'm looking forward to a new era."

The Motet is a world-class ensemble that whips audiences into a whirling frenzy using sheer impromptu force. With their spontaneous and textured rhythms and hard-driving beats, the band creates a repertoire between themselves and the audiences that is rarely seen in today's manufactured rock. The Motet consecrates the ground on which dance music meets free-form improvisation, allowing a diverse audience to become immersed in their eclectic sound.

Because transformation is clearly inevitable when it comes to The Motet, past performances and albums are not necessarily indicative of the present. Therefore, picking up the new album and seeing the band live guarantees a new musical experience. The Motet will be taking the West Coast by storm this summer in support of "Instrumental Dissent." Check them out in July, August and September as they make stops in California, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado and Alaska.

The official album release is set for late September, if you would like a copy to preview please contact us.

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