Since 2010 Joshua Abrams has toured North America & Europe with a shifting-line up of musicians as 'Natural Information Society’. The group uses traditional & electric instrumentation to build long-form intricately psychedelic environments, composed & improvised, joining the hypnotic qualities of the Gnawan guimbri to a wide range of contemporary musics & methodologies including jazz, minimalism & krautrock. The band's album, Magnetoception (Eremite), was selected by The Wire Magazine as the #3 record of 2015 & by Pitchfork as the #2 experimental record of the year. Their latest album, Simultonality (Eremite Records & Glitterbeat/Tak:Til in Europe) continues NIS's exploration of stasis, continuity, repetition and layering. Simultonality was #7 on the Wire Magazine’s Best Albums of 2017, #17 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Best Avant Albums of 2017 and #15 on Uncut Magazine’s 75 Best Albums of 2017. Current & former band members include Lisa Alvarado, Jason Adasiewicz, Mikel Avery, Ben Boye, Hamid Drake, Ben Lamar Gay, Emmett Kelly, Norberto Lobo, Artur Majewski, Nick Mazzarella, Jeff Parker, Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein, Kuba Suchar, Nori Tanaka & Chad Taylor. In 2015, Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas collaborated on Automaginary (Drag City).
“it’s patient, layered music that’s always heading somewhere, sometimes spare and sometimes complex and shimmering.”
- Ben Ratliff, New York Times
“Abrams discovers new levels of mood and tone; his pieces seem to escape time completely. “
— Marc Masters, Pitchfork
“It feels startlingly new, in terms of how the music is extrapolated, how the players relate, even as it feels like an ur-music, primal, body-centered, essential.”
- David Keenan, The Wire