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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Damien + Namo - Meridian

Namo returns to cassette with a release titled Meridian. This time the sides are split. Damien creating beats and rhythms for the first side titled Agglomeration and Namo handling the second side with a side long track tiled Dusted Earth. There is a binding similarity to these artists, but their works contrast making Meridian a well balanced split release.

Even though each artists has one track on either side at almost fifteen minutes in length, both compositions play with multiple changes of rhythmic patterns. This creates a sensation of listening to varying songs in a seamless movement.

Damien pushes towards a world of dream like jazz, where hip hop has lucidity and melodies drift through the relaxed consciousness. This sonic landscape is soothing and perfectly restrained. Damien understands the constraints of making sounds to foster certain states of downbeat behavior. Changes in arrangements are timed with modern attention spans, sounds from places most everyone has some relationship with. Really a  perfect menagerie of style and approach.

Namo digs deeper into the earth. Maybe through time or dense jungle, the result is something much heavier than the first side. Tribal rhythms for ceremonial fire dances, modern hip hop pulled through the porthole, filling minds of youths becoming adults. A place where culture is growing, but the select few are the only ones that know. Dusted Earth is everywhere and Namo is extracting sounds like a skilled archeologist. Like Damien's track, this sonic plate is filled with only digestible ingredients. There is most certainly a sonic world not ready to be imparted by both of these artists. They give us aural glimpses in hopes listeners will some day be ready.

Released on I had An Accident Records from Spokane in an edition of fifty. Most of these releases sell out fairly quickly, do not procrastinate if a physical copy is on the list to pick up.

DYSTOPIAN CAVEMAN site - bandcamp - tumblr
I Had An Accident Records site - bandcamp - twitter - facebook

HAWN - For A Ride

Michael Jeffrey Lee and John Craun are taking everyone For A Ride with a world of Strange Visions. Together on a road rally to bring skewed sounds, fresh thoughts and stories. The side door of the car reads HAWN, but it's uncertain if this stands for more or is an acronym for something else. What is for certain, the absolutely natural musical talents of these artists. Like working with a jigsaw puzzle left out in the rain, pieces saturated with water and separating at the edges. There is no way this will ever fit together, look away and then turn back to hear the last cut snap in with harmonic clarity. The first listen is like the wet puzzle, and with each repeat, the seams bleed into obscurity.

With eleven tracks, multiple characters and narrative tangents, where does a description take root? "I was taking my time, I was sipping my wine, then it all began". A leisurely start to the second track as giant electronic insects buzz the lounging area. Titled Strange Visions, this track exemplifies the aptitude of both Michael and John. With this point to begin, held within every track are fascinating lyrics, beautiful vocal cleverness and perfectly timed musical pathways, appearing then vanishing as words are spoken. There are a few short interludes within this composition, but these are needed to partition so many varying story lines. Frank E. Lee and Judas Priest were the best of friends, discussing paradise, eternity and the concepts of generosity. A new question surfaces, is Cody Mathews a dimensional Pablo Picasso? HAWN channeling the energy of Alex Chilton, but maybe a little osmosis from Jonathan Richman filtrating in. Both Cody and Pablo crusaders of their times. "It does not matter what's been written, don't care what people say, when you ride with Cody, you see things Cody's way. It's time to wake up!" Like Pablo Picasso, Cody was never called and asshole.

For A Ride is HAWN's third release. The first titled Spree was on a New Orleans label called Cold Carnival. This 2013 composition has a bandcamp link. The second release from 2015 is Badmans, and was not on a label, there is also a link to this one on bandcamp. Now in 2019, listeners can go For A Ride. Released in an edition of seventy from Strategic Tape Reserve in Cologne, Germany. There will be plenty of physical copies for a short while, as HAWN gains momentum. Then Michael's Budokan brother Jeff Byrd will be picked up for an upcoming cassette titled DAD IS BAD on the Baba Vanga label.

Strategic Tape Reserve link - bandcamp - twitter
Michael Jeffrey Lee link - twitter 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

La Tredicesima Luna - Oltre L'ultima Onda Del Mare

A sojourn through conscious fringe. Where feelings swell and recede as tidal like energy changes vast expanses of mental landscape. Lonely sounds causing thoughts to turn and reach far inward. Comfort rests in the knowledge we are all the same, live and die in fractal patterns repeated across time. The exploration into the cognizant reaches of individual experiences, distinguishes the spirit from those in temporal alliance. Meaning, creative outwardly expressed is the true characteristic not in common across the human populace.  Matteo Brusa as La Tredicesima Luna, forms experiences into sound, the richness of a soul sharing love.

Two side long tracks of ambient panorama, a rapture of emotions crossing physical space. Deep undertones swell above the breadth of sounds, cosmic collisions reverberating through time and amplitude. When all sonic pieces align, worlds are formed. Majestic heights are sustained through a zenith of zealous aural focus. Oltre l'ultima onda del mare then wanes, back to unknown origins and limitless intensity. Beautifully composed and orchestrated, an ardour of expressions crossing the still uncharted sea between consciousnesses.

This is the second description by Lost in a Sea of Sound for Matteo Brusa's work in the La Tredicesima Luna project. The first was titled Il sentiero degli Dei, released over two years ago and completely sold out. Oltre l'ultima onda del mare is an edition of seventy, currently nine copies remain. Both releases from the Lighten Up Sounds label based in Minneapolis.

Lighten Up Sounds site - bandcamp - facebook 
La Tredicesima Luna - bandcamp - facebook

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hypnagogue - Adrift

Forces gently pushing as the consciousness opens. Simultaneously, factors are pulling in varied directions. There is no gravitational reference point, up or down do not exist. Only expanding thoughts or contracting perception. If any components of the process are to strong or overwhelming, the space the self holds is eroded away. Finding sounds to help maintain this equilibrium is always an excellent discovery. This brings Hypnagogue's Adrift into focus. A mesmerizing composition stabilizing the mind in the vast expanse.

Adrift is three tracks just over twenty minutes in length. James Rosato is the artist behind the Hypnagogue project. Amazingly James is also a member of the band Eaten from Massachusetts. You think two projects, big deal, but these two en devours are as extremely contrasting as possible. Hypnagogue, meditative, serene, sounds that are a platform for broadening the mind. Eaten, metal, grindcore, a place where the world has exploded and there are head down serious heavy revelators making music. With talent and experience, Hypnagogue has a reason to exist. Ambient tones hovering neither in light or dark, sounds to balance exploration to the fringe. A secure tether for the mind on it's still undiscovered journey.

Adrift was released on cassette at the end of last year. This one is not on a label, all put together by James Rosato. Copies are currently available from his bandcamp page. Here is the link to the Eaten bandcamp page as well.

Hypnagogue - bandcamp - facebook

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Morning River Band - Brambles

There is a collision of sounds on Brambles that is confounding. With a push towards the roots of blues, country and rockabilly twang, Jeffrey Fields writes and sings like many of these songs are rock/metal ballads. Nine tracks conveying the hardships of social constructs of love, friendship and disrupting liquid octane. To give Brambles a single specific genre is an impossible task. For example, just went from "Space Boy Rag" to "Ezekiel's Wheel/Gloucester Skyline" and thoughts are spinning.

One simple assignment is to explore the musicians in Morning River Band. Jeffrey Fields on guitar and lead vocals, Arthur Herrmann on lead guitar, Denny Barron on bass, and Joe Idell on drums. Everyone helps with the vocals throughout the composition. Looking back on previous releases, the band has changed a few times, with more musicians playing additional instruments. The core on Brambles seems to be the constant since their beginnings over six years ago.

The tracks on Brambles constantly surfaced music heard from the past. A simultaneously polished and raw sound of early punk and country, beyond simple singer songwriter with a well skilled band playing tightly together. Trying to make this connection was just beyond reach. The tape kept repeating and after many listens, their sound began to resonate with sounds heard before. Like listening to a long burning fuse, the consciousness detonated. Sifting through the fragments of this mini explosion there were two albums connecting Brambles to the past, Green on Red "Gas Food Lodging" and Rank And File "Sundown". Both hiding under nineteen ninety two.

Some well written lyrics from Jeffrey on Brambles:
"Every evening in a drunken stupor, hung over every day. Keep pretending that i'm clean and sober, begging you to stay"

"Daylight stole the moon away from me"

"Couldn't keep living on gin and regrets, eased my foot off the brake and let the car do the rest"

Released on a new label from Spring, Texas titled Under the Counter Tapes. There are three tapes in their catalog already! Under the Counter Tapes also has cool label pins and individual pins for each release. Brambles is in an edition of one hundred with cassettes currently available.

Under the Counter Tapes - bandcamp - facebook
Morning River Band - bandcamp - facebook