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by Starling-Huus

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This track is all about the restorative power of nature, music and friendship.

One day several years ago, after receiving some particularly troubling news, we went on a long hike on the Hixon Forest nature trails here in the Driftless Region of western Wisconsin. Immediately after we made a beeline for the studio, hit the power, plugged in and played.

The improvised, free-form jam you hear was done in one take, totally unplanned and off the cuff. No overdubs, no punch-ins, no post-production trickery. Just a bass, a piano, a loop... and the energy we were feeding off of in that moment. We call it "Quiescence."


released September 9, 2021
Brett Huus: piano, drum programming
Mike Starling: bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Brett Huus at Sound Strations Audio, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Music published by Present Moment Music (BMI) and Bean Hoy Music (BMI). Cover photo/design by Mike Starling, A co-production of Momentous Records and Nine Volt Media.

Dedicated to the memory of our friend Gene Purcell (1960-2021)



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Starling-Huus La Crosse, Wisconsin

Collaborative musical adventures from the American Midwest production team of Brett Huus and Mike Starling.


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