Two Rooms Records is excited to announce our forthcoming release (December 9, 2022), Conjure by Balance.  Pre-orders are now available on LP, CD and digitally. 

Conjure is the second album from Balance, the duo of composer/musicians Michael Malis and Marcus Elliot, two of Detroit’s rising stars from the younger generation in creative music.

Conjure aptly displays Balance's contemporary point of view, mixing reverence for their forebears with open ears that allow for all kinds of influences to inform the music. Though the record primarily features the duo, Balance is also joined by poet Chace Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver, two Detroiters of note in their own right, for a few tracks.

The album finds the musicians in a largely meditative, introspective mood. Lyrical melodies and fugue like passages adorn compositions that reflect an interest in chamber music, but the spirit of improvisation flows through every piece.

Conure features liner notes by Detroit poet and playwright Bill Harris and cover art by Addie Langford, The Hanging Gardens Orange Green Green (detail), 2015. Acrylic collage and mixed media on gessoed paper mounted on linen, 55.5h x 70.5w. Courtesy the artist.

In the Moment
Ben Miller

Order now - Vinyl LP, CD or digital album
Record Release Show at Trinosophes (1464 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit) on Friday, May 6
Doors 7:30 pm, $10 cover

March 4, 2022 - Two Rooms record label is excited to announce its seventh release, In the Moment by guitarist Benjamin Miller.

In the Moment is a retrospective of the solo, multi-phonic guitar work of underground rock and experimental musician Benjamin Miller. Utilizing extended techniques, prepared objects and implements and an array of processing, his approach to the electric guitar on In the Moment is almost like a polyphonic sound generator, fully apart from the tradition of Chuck Berry, Clapton and company. Alien tongues, ambient soundscapes, the sounds of mechanization and technology breaking down—all emerge in the masterful manipulation of sound by Miller. Still, there’s much to enjoy for traditional fans of electric guitar. From the wild technique and a complex strand of sounds in the opener, “Statue of Digression” to the almost pop-song hook of the record’s only vocal performance, “In the Skies and the Stars,” In the Moment is also a perfect gateway record into experimental guitar music.

A member of significant art rock bands like Destroy All Monsters and The Glenn Branca Ensemble, his first recording was in 1969 as a teen-age member of Sproton Layer, with his older brother Roger (later of Mission of Burma) and his identical twin Laurence. Languishing in obscurity until being properly released in 2011, their record,  With Magnetic Fields Disrupted, displayed a guitar sound and overall sonic sensibility that presaged the edgiest rock of the following decade. Miller also recorded with both brothers in M3 and with Roger in M2, and has releases with groups including Nonfiction, GKW and Third Border, in addition to numerous works as Ben Miller/Degeneration.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan who currently resides in the neighboring city of Ypsilanti, Miller has also lived in New York, Detroit and Boston. He leads the Detroit-based groups Porcelain Hammer and Empool, as well as the New York-based Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra.  

Cover: Second Dose [detail]
Jim Chatelain, 2020
photo paper collage with acrylic paint pens
8.5 x 11 inches
Courtesy the artist