Dylan Ryan, who joins Sand bandmates Tim Young (guitar) and Devin Hoff (bass) for a show in support of the trio's mind-expanding second album, Circa, is a jazz drummer in name only, and his musical output consistently bridges the divide between adventurous avant-jazz and planet-consuming post-rock.

Dylan Ryan, who joins Sand bandmates Tim Young (guitar) and Devin Hoff (bass) for a show in support of the trio’s mind-expanding second album, Circa, is a jazz drummer in name only, and his musical output consistently bridges the divide between adventurous avant-jazz and planet-consuming post-rock.

Circa further refines this approach, combining heavy, prog-inspired turns with comparatively nimble fair like the snaking, improvised-feeling “Night Sea Journey.” Even better is “Trees, Voices, Saturn,” which, as its title suggests, splits its time between deep-rooted, earth-bound excursions (dig that anchoring bassline) and more far-out, galactic explorations, Young’s guitar circling the hemisphere like George Clooney’s adrift astronaut in “Gravity.”

Photo by Magdalena Wosinka