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Incredible Adventures is a sister release to Where I've Been Is Places and What I've Seen Is Things (out simultaneously on LP from Sunrise Ocean Bender records), and features longer tracks from the same sessions that didn't quite fit on that album. Opening with a strum-along hymn to the north 40, concluding via an extended plunge into the great beyond (as begun on Where I've Been...), and in between traversing a pair of drifting electronic landscapes that offer glimpses of ambient jazz and gloomy kosmische vistas. As a companion piece to the LP, Incredible Adventures (titled after a book by Algernon Blackwood) delves deeper into the album's terrain, while also expanding into some uncharted spaces out beyond. Four tracks, 38 minutes.
|Raising Holy Sparks is the new musical project of Dave Colohan (United Bible Studies mainstay, ex-Agitated Radio Pilot), and it finds our peripatetic Irish monk journeying even further into long-form instrumental devotions of undeniably sublime effect, epic slow-motion electro-acoustic soundscapes deeply permeated by a sense of awe and wonder at the natural glories of the American continent. In the artist’s words: “Inspired by 7000 miles of travel across 30 states, A Mendicant Hymnal draws on the vast & ever-changing American landscape, from the mountains & deserts of the West through the empty plains & onto the endless forests of the East. The first in a continuing series, trying to get, in the words of Edward Abbey, 'close to the West of my deepest imaginings, the place where the tangible & the mythical became the same.'" Thirteen tracks, two discs, 135 minutes.|
|E GONE is Daniel Westerlund of Swedish psychedelic folk rock group The Goner, and All the Suns of the Earth is his new solo album, which involves a slight change in name and a major progression on the eclectic styles of the earliest Goner recordings. In the same way a properly mixed drug will cure while a mis-formulation could prove fatal, disparate musical elements that in less skilled hands might be disorienting – everything from sitars to banjos, old-school beats to ethnic percussion, stark folk picking to squalling electronics, heart-tugging balladry to strutting acid-rock – instead gets compounded in exact proportion through Westerlund’s ever-growing talents in songwriting, performance, and production, making Suns… a perfectly-apportioned auditory tonic with potentially marvelous restorative powers. Nine tracks, 39 minutes.
|Brother Ong returns to Deep Water with an immersive musical exploration just hinted at on his 2011 label debut. Instrumentally, Deep Water Vibration again centers around the Indian shahi baaja, abetted occasionally by modified autoharp, both processed via live electronic effects into looping, swirling waves of sound. The music harks back to the extended kosmische trance-outs of pioneers such as Klaus Schulze, but with cosmic analog synthesizers replaced by astral meditation zithers, and diving deep in the sea rather than drifting in space. Cover photos show the Brother receiving his transmission directly from the source; we had to resist calling it Ong the Beach… Three tracks, 40 minutes.|