From the press release:
Horse Lords' arrangement of composer Julius Eastman's "Stay On It" (1973) here finds the band turning the composition's angelically layered waves of vibes, strings, and brass into a hypnotically propulsive party. This "Stay On It" connects the ethereal airiness in Eastman's piece with pulsating dance music, recognizing that minimalism's empty space can be transposed into the spaciousness carved out by rhythm hitting the body.
The music of Eastman, who passed away in 1990, is currently undergoing a much deserved revival, though his politically irreverent, playfully effusive, and unabashedly beautiful music still sounds ahead of its time. That Horse Lords would turn to him only reinforces the band's ongoing interest in rewiring rock's basic instrumental units, rock band as laboratory. For this experiment, guest artist Abdu Ali turns Eastman's program notes into a spoken-word introduction to the track, establishing the swaggering, joyous mood that follows.
Some praise for Stay On It:
Writing for Pitchfork, Seth Coltor Walls says, "The harmony is familiar, but the expression has changed—and it makes for a fitting realization of some of Eastman’s compositional concerns." Aquarium Drunkard calls it, " timely and rousing, beautiful and hypnotic." And Olivia Bradley-Skill writes in Dusted Magazine that, "In their slinky and vibrant arrangement of Eastman’s work, they allow their music to transport the listener into multiple, unimaginable worlds, allotting the breathing room to get lost in our own thoughts while bobbing along to the body-moving brass, strings, and electronics."