Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review of The Great Defenestration!!!

"Die Geister Beschwören translates to "call up the ghosts."  And I have to admit; I had to look up the exact meaning of defenestration, which is:  "The act of throwing a thing (or especially a person,) out of a window."  This Portland experimental folk ensemble certainly does both in this intricate 17-minute sonic spree recently released on SQRT Records.  Laden with field recordings, aching string and bass clarinet orchestrations, loops, haunting drums and vocals, it paints a lush, if not eerie, mental picture.  It's artfully-layered and quite well-paced.  Let me put it this way:  I started out doing stretches and meditation to it, but 4 minutes in, I found myself pacing the floors thinking, "This would be an amazing soundtrack if I ever have a rapid descent into terrifying madness and an eventual reawakening to my highest self!"  Both menacing and beautiful, The Great Defenestration is one intriguing fall from a window..."

Leah Brzezinski, Savage Henry Magazine

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

...Kind Words About Die Geister Beschwören (from Italy!)

"When Oryan Peterson-Jones made contact to point me towards this album, he wrote “recommended if you like Six Organs Of Admittance, Sun City Girls, Ghost, Earth, Dirty Three, etc”. Thus he established a record of sorts, naming an entire clutch of bands of which – believe it or not – I never heard a note. Perhaps this lack of material for comparison is what let me appreciate Drawn To The Investigation Of Shadows more over the course of scattered plays in the last five months or so. In fact, beyond illustrious reputations and stylistic dimensions, this work was evidently designed with finely tuned ears and a definite taste for instrumental abstraction of the purest variety; furthermore, as the thing lasts less than 32 minutes, the risk of weariness is excluded from the beginning. And, did you see how many people helped? In spite of the numerous hands and voices, the music does not reveal itself as untidy or wild: everything appears to be at the right place in the right moment.

So, let the reviewer continue the game initiated by this Portland artist, namely that of finding points of entry in the psychedelic-but-not-too-much universe depicted by the two tracks. Consider that the project’s name translates as “call up the ghosts”, and that peaceful guitars, strings and theremins are prominent in establishing atmospheres between dreamy and bucolic, in any case quite removed from “urban” contaminations. However, keep also in mind that you won’t find the witless trademarks of drugged disorganization: no “warped nightmare” vocals, no low-cost replicas of Pink Floyd’s taped laughs, no amorphous bullshit justified by third-rate “cosmic trips”. The basic substances are predominantly folk-tinged, occasionally (and intelligently) utilizing field recordings and anthemic streams with just the necessary hints to remote latitudes and resonant auras, plus a few unexpected solutions warranting the birth of authentic interest in the listener. If anything, the lone entity to which I managed to relate Peterson-Jones’ vision is my old buddy Mirko Uhlig (currently AWOL) in his Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf embodiment. The genuineness of the intuitions and the credibility of the orchestral vibrancy are indeed pretty similar.

In a nutshell, this music is still innocent. Enough for me to sing its praises..."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Purchase The Great Defenestration from SQRT Records!

Warsaw, Poland based label, SQRT Records, has just released Die Geister Beschwören's latest album The Great Defenestration.
SQRT Records has a great catalogue, lots of ambient, improv and drone...  check them out!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Die Geister Beschwören Album!!!

                                                                                                                              die geister beschwören
                                                                                                                             the great defenestration

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Die Geister Beschwören playing with DEATH IN JUNE

Die Geister Beschwören are excited to be opening for Death in June!

Saturday, November 8th
Alhambra Theater, PDX
$25, 9pm

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Die Geister Beschwören and Electro-Kraken 2014 Tour!

die geister beschwören just returned from a quick pacific-northwest tour with electro-kraken!  we performed a couple great venues in the bay area, reunited with friends in arcata, stayed on a commune in calistoga, played for naked folk at umpqua hot springs and wrote new material on the highway during a lightening storm.  nothing quite compares to being on the road.  thanks to all those who came out and helped with shows!  your enthusiasm and support is always greatly appreciated and we look forward to getting back out there soon...  here's a video of our set at the stork club in oakland.