Posts Tagged ‘Thrill Jockey’
Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Barn Owl, have, over the process of a few albums, mutated from an organically spiritual drone machine, beloved of more contemplative weedians, into something which could be called ‘dark ambient’ although that label might be fraught with associations of formless, pointless background music.
For Barn Owl’s work is never background, it’s subtly immersive, sure, but after a while you are consumed by the overwhelming emotion that is presented, in the form admittedly of often very pretty, effected guitar / synth couplings.
They are not exploring ‘musics’ here, or assembling ‘found recordings,’ indeed anything drily academic seems far from their purpose. Yes they may be using a lot of layered synths now, but the music has a near religious reverence about it, a fervent, felt humanity which makes it continually compelling, and far from drone for drone’s sake. And the fully integrated nature of the synths means nothing sounds too much like a sci-fi movie soundtrack from the late 80s.
This new album, their second for undeniably hip label Thrill Jockey, is venturing further from their ritualistic guitar meditations into soundtrack-for-an-unmade-film synthorama territory, opening with the beautiful, foggy ‘Void Redux’, which builds a stumbling rhythm from picked one-note guitar, and unknown percussion, but there’s really only a tertiary attempt at focusing the track in this way, it’s much more about the giant cloud of melancholy synth that is foregrounded by the simple ‘rhythm’ elements.
Continue reading: Barn Owl ‘V’ CD/LP 2013 | The Sleeping Shaman
Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Golden Void, “The Bay Area’s best new psych band” according to the Bay Bridged, follow up their acclaimed self-titled debut with a 7” featuring two brand new tracks in a limited edition of 700 for Record Store Day. Recorded at their practice space on a cassette four-track by Justin Pinkerton, ...read more
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Dusted Magazine: Dave Heumann’s Arbouretum is arguably the best of the millennial classic rock bands, a guitar-fuzzed powerhouse that follows Neil Young’s trampled trail, bending folk and country into surreal shapes through the sheer force of volume and distortion. Coming Out of the Fog is Arbouretum’s fifth ...read more
Golden Void (ft. Isaiah Mitchell of Earthless Fame) To Bring Their Psychedelic Rock To Roadburn 2013
Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Behold Roadburn, where the well of psychedelic rock never dries out. We’re excited to announce that Golden Void will bring their classic psych rock to the Roadburn 2013 Afterburner on Sunday, April 21st at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. Golden Void is a supergroup of sorts featuring members of ...read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Praise for Eternal Tapestry‘s A World Out Of Time from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We may have mentioned it before, but it seems like Thrill Jockey is quickly establishing itself as an indie powerhouse. Not that they weren’t already, but recently, they’ve been taking on band after amazing band, loads of ...read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Listen to Eternal Tapestry‘s A World Out Of Time in its entirety below, courtesy of Vpro 3voor12, Holland’s major media network. In their 7th year of existence, and hailing from the pacific northwest in the US, Eternal Tapestry‘s members can also be found playing in Jackie-O Motherfucker and Heavy Winged ...read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from BBC Music: As slow-motion psych maestros Barn Owl, San Franciscans Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras craft sounds akin to a Martian spaghetti western, noxious vapours snaking alien-like around desolate desert twangs. Vibes are generally ominous, recalling the doom-laden Americana of the increasingly Ennio Morricone-obsessed Earth, or even ...read more
Posted on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
Praise for Eternal Tapestry‘s Dawn In 2 Dimensions from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Latest (vinyl-only) blast of psychedelic heaviness from these Portland space rockers, and much like the last record, the awesome Beyond The Fourth Door, Dawn In 2 Dimensions finds the band stretching way out, unfurling hazy, druggy, psych-drone epics, ...read more
Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from Dusted Magazine: These introspective guitar jams, hemmed by keyboard drone, are lucidly calm most of the time, yet occasionally injected with subtle, pulse-racing shots of adrenaline. Kandodo — the name of the project, the record and a supermarket chain in Africa — comes from Simon Price of ...read more
Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from Dusted Reviews: Alexander Tucker constructs surreal landscapes out of the most natural materials: shifting major-to-minor key guitar patterns; the throb and drone of cello; a high, supple tenor that moves easily along melancholy, modal paths. Bits of synthesizer, found sound and electronic enhancements lurk in the crevices of ...read more