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.

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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!