Trout Steel by Mike Cooper

This is considered the beginning of Mike Coopers descent into experimental music. On first listen it might seem like a normal record to the untrained ear. Rest assured, this is a one-of-a-kind merge of elements into a unique brand of folksy blues rock, or bluesy folk rock. The music is all improvised. The lyrics are amazing. Such good songs. The title track is almost too good. It won’t leave your head for days.

Battle Gods by Natural Snow Buildings

One of my favorite groups of all time, this is a new record for myself. They are a french duo that makes very… thrilling psychedelic folk-drone music. This is an instrumental album but they usually aren’t. Track one is characterized by a rushing guitar and tribal percussions. Its a chilling vibe, enchanting, compelling and primitive. Comes off kind of like an Earth song more then their usual vibe, from the haunting electric guitar riff. The second track is more etheral and floating, like down a river.

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.

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.

Ralph White + Thor Harris – Tossing Pebbles on the Sleeping Beast

This is a sweet record by a Ralph White, banjo/singer-songwriter/kalimba extraordinaire/general multi-instrumentalist. He helps create/fill a unique niche for old-time influenced experimental anarcho-country of some sort. The tracks are emotive and expansive and the instrumentation is just amazing.

Also of note are these two albums, one featuring Accordion, and one featuring a friend, Little Mazarn!

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!