Metamorphosis by Eliane Gazzard

This release is a little whack. It’s a bit of a headphones experience. And it is confusing and disorienting. I listened to this while mowing at work, and it suited the job… I enjoyed it. Its kind of warping and hypnotic. The name suits the sounds. Its more mental state then standard definition music.

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Noise In The Wood by Various Artists

A cool compilation album of some dope psychedelic bands. These are all live recordings, thrown together from a few sources. The quality is good. There is one track, the Suzuki Junzo one pretty sure, that has a brief volume gain that is fixed pretty quick. Otherwise all flawless. Mostly space rock, some drone, good atmospheres, clean recordings. Some folky stuff and jammier stuff as well.

Bespoken – plays Nick Storring & Daniel Brandes

Cool little (hah) classical composition style album that could be considered drone done with classical instruments. Big focus on violin, cello, harp and piano. Very cool. Ambient washes of string tones pursued by ticks and dings from the piano and harp. Two songs, one divided into four sections, take you on a journey through your own mind. Very meditative and contemplative material.

Electric Temple Presents: Gaman – A Ceremony for Japan

This is a hard to sum up album, it has a lot of different artists with different styles ranging from drone to country to… kinda dancy? and psych rockish? It really varies a lot, a lot of cool artists to check out. The album has a lot of atmospheric qualities, whether the song is a “drone” or a ethereal twist on country.

El Topo – Pigiama Psicoattivo

“The group was founded in 2006, performing a mixture of rockjazz and electronica, with krautrock, minimalist and psychedelic elements. […] After some live gigs as a duo, they felt the need to set a larger band up. After a series of one-off collaborations, they found like-minded conspirators in Francesco Mendolia, drummer with the ability to perform in a wide range of styles from jazz/funk to electronic music (Chester Harlan, Alessandro Gwiss, Mino Freda) and Andrea Biondi, vibist and percussionist active in jazz and contemporary music (Gianluigi Trovesi, Ennio Morricone & Roma Sinfonietta, Ars Ludi).”

Basically, a cool ass electro-jazz fusion album with some cool ass collaborators like “Amy Denio, Mike Cooper, Riccardo Lay and Anadi Mishra.”

Mike Cooper – New Guitar Old Hat Knew Blues

This is a cool one! Bluesy guitar licks and trippy glitches and droning frequencies. I guess he got a new guitar. The tracks kind of meld into one another, seems to be recorded in one session track to track. No break between most tracks. Some instrumental some lyrical. Many part and part. Very interesting music, improvised, poetic, and surreal, while still drawing on the blues. Parts are like a bad acid trip… chaotic and dark but insightful and beautiful.

Mike Cooper – Raft

This is an interesting release. Mike Cooper was known to be a folk blues writer back in the day but he does a lot of experimental work influenced/characterized by that work but clearly different. Beyond? Ask yourself. This is his latest release.

It’s essentially an ambient Hawaiian electronic/blues triphouse. Glitch noises in the first track accompanied by… melancholy Hawaiian pedal steel? Maybe the glitch noises even originate from that.

A twelve minute Hawaiian raga follows. The rest of the tracklist follows similar suite, with varying degrees of electronic influence and effects. Very cool work! Thanks, Mike!