Dead Sea Apes are a Manchester, England-based trio with a big, dark sound that incorporates everything from space- to post- in its ambitious instrumental rockscapes. Lupus is the band’s first full-length disc, following two e.p.s on the group’s own Soul Desert Records. Compared with the muscular mini-epics on those releases, Lupus seems to emanate from a more ghostly dubbed-out post-punk aesthetic. The album took shape in August 2011 as an experiment in improvising on drones and loops, followed by varying amounts of editing and further recording. The immersive outcome ranges from ambient cloud to massive crunch via elliptical extended rhythms and creeping effects, all shot through with a hovering ominous presence. Seven tracks, 57 minutes.
Brother Ong is Mike Tamburo, and Deep Water Creation is the first recording released under his new ordination. In contrast to the Pittsburgh-based Tamburo’s past work on guitar and hammered dulcimer, here Brother Ong focuses his energy on the shahi baaja – a 22-string electrified Indian zither – as channeled through a raft of effects (distortion, looping, etc.), plus floating wordless vocals on one track. While longtime fans will certainly be able to hear continuities with Tamburo’s previous music, Deep Water Creation also manifests an even greater sense of centered self-assurance in its pulsating webs of meditative sound. Call it post-psychedelic exotic trance music, or call it avant garde new age – just don’t call it late for kundalini yoga class… Five tracks, 47 minutes.
Psychic Frost is the new duo project from Pittsburgh-based sonic insurrectionists Mike Tamburo and Matt McDowell; while both are better known for their solo work, they’ve also played together in various forms for over a decade. This is their first recorded outing under the PF banner, and it’s a doozy – a pair of lengthy (side-long, they used to call ‘em) pieces of form-extension and –destruction, the first an epic composition for two guitars and effects, with modular sections shifting from dual fingerpicking to walls of looping noise and beyond; the second a live recording for amplified hammered dulcimer and what sounds like an electric oud, exorcising the demons via intense improvisational interplay on a modal theme of indeterminate Eastness. Best experienced via full-body immersion, so check your short attention span at the door and get ready to, as they say, “taste the Frost”. Two tracks, 43 minutes.
After the live-in-a-barn Holy Ghost Explosion, Evening Fires return to studio HQ and set the controls for the day after tomorrow. It may be overstating things to call After the End of the World a “concept album”, but there is a definite focus extending across the disc’s four lengthy tracks, resonating with the mood and atmosphere of the title. There’s also a pronounced overall shape: While still drawing heavily on improvisational methods, this is the most structured Evening Fires release to date, an unfolding organic (post-organic?) sense of direction that carries through the diversity of styles on hand – techno-kraut walls of synthesizers, winding psych-rock crunch, floating humid ambience, ecstatic freejazz energy music, underwater dreamscapes (w/violin), and other less definable sounds. A soundtrack for the collapse of the old and the dream of new birth. Four tracks, 67 minutes.
Evening Fires ’ ninth release was recorded fall 2009 in the hay-filled cathedral ambiance of a big old 1920s barn up in the hills of Central PA (horses present though not audible), and it documents a gtr/bs/drms/synths/violin lineup of the group working out some ceremonial performance themes, laying back and letting the spirit flow: Floating rustic space rock channeled into a sonic revival jamboree – testifying on the power of electricity, praise for the apple trees up on the hill, moments of amplified introspection, and plenty of good old sonic snake handling. And it’s all played live to 2-track stereo, for that authentic “field recordings captured by an early-21st Century folklorist searching for lost strains of North Appalachian Psychedelic Rock music” vibe that just can’t be found in the domesticated confines of yer proper-type recording studios. Six tracks, 54 minutes.
The eighth Evening Fires release, Medicine Man was brewed up in the midst of troubled times (personal
and worldly) in the first part of 2010, from elements channeled during the
preceding several years, with the larger goal of what my alchemist buddies used
to call "compounding the elixir" - transcendence via distillation, y'know. As
such, it features an expanded roster (eleven contributors from various phases
of the group) playing elastic variations of space rock and folk trance, together with a more elaborate exploration of studio opportunities, creating a sonic spirit landscape in multiple levels of motion. Seven tracks, 57 minutes.
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