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VALYRI - "Expanses"

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valyri - “Expanses”

(Asura Revolver)

Longform electronic explorations of untold universes that exist beyond our feeble perceptions find a home in this patient and vast recording, Expanses. Comprised of six extended tracks that carry the mind of the listener away from earthly patterns and lift toward the myriad of heavens above, this latest release from dark ambient/ experimental drone artist valyri is nothing short of a metaphysical journey to endless non-corporeal realms of astronomical grandeur. 

Expanses begins with Pseudologue sequv.6, formed from a rapidly cycling synth pattern, imbued with a brightness and wide open freedom that envelopes the listener in spiraling tunnels of light, firing across the kaleidoscope of space at immeasurable speeds. The next movement in this space symphony is Brokensun recognition (phase silhouette,) a heady arrival in a timeless zone of eternity, transported slowly by drifting ambient clouds of glowing energy. Different depths of mood pass across the starry vastness, from euphoric jubilation, to shadowy ruminations, but all energies lead to the central energized core of this epic - a dissolving of place and time.

It is the removal of where-ness that truly characterizes this release. From the sweeping and grandiose opening overtures to the detailed sorrows of a thousand drifting, lonely souls in Disappointment Theme, to the haunted piano soliloquy that melts into a buzzing mechanical afterlife in the closing track Music for Dysgnosia, valyri steers the voyage as a skilled traveler, guiding the listener from one existence to another.

Stephen Hawking once said, “To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit,” and Expanses illustrates the endless possibilities that await the spirit no longer tethered to the base concerns of earthly life. 

https://asurarevolver.bandcamp.com/album/expanses

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Gray Lee

 

SOMESURPRISES - "Alt"

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somesuprises - “Alt”

(Doom Trip Records)

Alt is a three-song EP that feels like an album, due to the dreamy, endless feel and tight musical prowess of Seattle band, somesurprises.

The opening track Low on Sleep morphs from a lighter than air pop hit with smooth harmonies, gauzy guitar, and a driving fuzzed-out bass line into a wide-open hypnotic jam that transports the listener to a destination unknown. There, they are greeted with the second track, Paolo and Francesca, which delivers echoy guitars in a psychedelic island setting, replete with organ accents, and a trancelike vibe.

The title track closes the EP. Alt is a nine minute jammer, with charging bass and drums, and plucked out 90s guitar which soars wide across the track in crashing waves of thick reverb. A soaring guitar solo sails on the wind high above the mix, eventually dissolving into the swirling rhythms below. 

Once the spell breaks, the listener awakens from the dream - realizing that ony a few minutes have passed. That is the power of Alt.

https://doomtrip.bandcamp.com/album/alt

[Album of the Month] BOYCALLEDCROW - "Hyperlight"

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Boycalledcrow - "Hyperlight"

(HairsABlazin)

As the steep icy mountain is climbed, arctic winds dance about, and strange glowing lights illuminate the darkly clouded sky. At the broken summit of this ragged peak, frozen forever ago, is an ancient monument. At the center of this ageless edifice floats an unearthly stone from another reality. A strange energy emanates from it as one apporaches. Where could this have come from? Our only clue is the music we can hear coming from the heart of the mystic stone. This timeless energy from the distant future imparts warmth and power known as - Hyperlight.

Hyperlight is a new electronic release on Hairs A Blazin by Chester, UK artist Boycalledcrow. This is computer-generated music with real heart, more glow than glisten, more organic than mechanical. The opening and closing tracks, Cloudhead parts one and two, are perfect bookends for the energetically cool compositions in between.

A lush variety of environments and textures abound in tracks such as Forest and March. Each selection takes the listener to a new place with fresh detail and intrigue. Suitable for recreational listening or for your concentration playlist, Hyperlight is the electronic release you've been waiting for. Available in digitized or magnetized formats at Hairs A Blazin.

Gray Lee

 

https://hairsablazin.bandcamp.com/album/hyperlight

THE ETERNAL - "Witness to an Execution"

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The Eternal- "Witness To an Execution"

(Bad Cake Records)

The harsh winters of the Pacific Northwest helped produce a lo-fi masterpiece of bedroom recording that has thankfully been rescued from oblivion by Bad Cake Records. During the winters of 2002/2003,  Matt Martinosky sat down with his guitars, his keyboard and a digital recorder to capture some delightful gems of guitar-driven music.

Witness To An Execution is 10 tracks long and barely clocks in at 23 minutes, so each track is a short vignette of a musical idea that you might hear in a guitarist’s loop pedal as he’s writing songs and cataloging ideas. However, the unfinished nature of these guitar sketches have a life and integrity of their own, and each track gels together to form a cohesive whole.

As you listen, you feel yourself drift into that twilight state between dreaming and waking, that delightful phase where you are still asleep but awake enough to enjoy your slumber. Also, you can focus on your dream and guide it in your semi-conscious state. As you immerse yourself in your dream, you think to yourself, “What a great movie idea this could be.” And, if you had the wherewithal to actually make it into a flick, Witness To An Execution would be the ultimate indie soundtrack.

Theron Willis

https://theeternalsounds.bandcamp.com/album/witness-to-an-execution