Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kind Words from Terrascope!

"Here come another cassette for your delight, this one mixing Folk with Kraut with lovely results as Die Geister Beschworen blend brass, strings and quite possibly the kitchen sink on “Music Feeds Stars” one of those albums that makes you feel good to be alive with the flute/guitar sweetness of “Ilya (and Oliver) and “On My Moneth's Mind” its stranger brass led follow up both strongly reminding me of Gorky's with latter sounding like dance music for drunken 1930's ghouls, all woozy trumpets and theremin. Having invited us in with two short tracks the band get serious on the 12 minute “Avenue of the Giants” a magnificent, sprawling epic that has beautiful acoustic guitar, female vocals and a sense of grandeur that is tempered by a languid first half, the piece suddenly bursting into life at the eight minute mark to become the full-on folk-rock freakout you hoped it would, guitar and sax trading licks over the a solid and slightly frantic rhythm before the track fades again into its languid state to undulate beautifully until it dissolves. Like some arcane primitive ritual, “Completed Arch of the Zodiacal Light” manages to incorporate the didgeridoo in a way that doesn't make you think of dreadlocks and dogs on string, whilst “manimekhala” is a wall of droning noise that slowly morphs into a more ambient piece with field recording and chiming bells before the piece rises again with chanted vocals and an inner tension. To end, “Countershine” is full of light, a sweet blend of guitar, strings and vocals with a spoken word part at the end complete with the sound of birdsong that leads us out perfectly..."
Ptolemaic Terrascope

Monday, April 4, 2016

6th Annual (recurring) DREAMS in Arcata!!!

BPBS Arts + Media Presents: 
The 6th Annual Production of (Recurring) DREAMS

Friday, June 10th
  8pm, sharp!

@ The Sanctuary
1301 J Street

As in years past, we will project Akira Kurosawa's 1990 film DREAMS onto a large movie screen.  The film is divided into 8 short sequences (each segment is around 15 minutes long,) with each scene scored in real time by a different musical act (the movie is subtitled, so the audience can still follow the plot.)  Musicians perform from behind a screen, out of sight (similar to an orchestra pit,) which adds to the mystery and suspension of disbelief!

Dream 1...  Sunshine Through the Rain 
performed by:  Datura Blues  (Arcata/Portland)
“The alchemy of Portland experimental psych ensemble Datura Blues is loaded with disparate sonic bases that meld together Eastern European jazz, bits of improvisational noise, transitioning instrumental post-rock, psychedelic rock freakouts, and haunting ambient textures..."

Dream 2...  The Peach Orchard 
performed by:  Elektro-Kraken  (Portland)
"Bass, drums, guitars, and saxophones make up the primary colors of a nuclear mess somewhere between colorful chaos and primitive bliss..."

Dream 3...  The Blizzard 
performed by:  Beat Totem  (Portland)
"The music of Beat Totem includes everything from Garage Rock, early punk, Psychedelic Soul, and Go-Go Swing, Jazz and Folk Rock. The sound is eclectic and inspired drawing from a combination of years of musical experience and a tribal vibe..."

Dream 4...  The Tunnel 
performed by:  ORRRA  (Arcata)
"ORRRA is Hannah Rosencrans and Daniel Nickerson. ORRRA is cabin song,redwood drum and wood stove drone. ORRRA is a rock and roll band..."

Dream 5...  Crows 
performed by:  Opossum Suntrail  (Arcata)
"Opossum Sun Trail is an American primitive country experimental band form Arcata featuring members of Moon Pine and Motherload..."

Dream 6...  Mount Fuji in Red 
performed by:  Die Geister Beschw√∂ren  (Arcata/Portland/Oakland
"Krautrock collective from Portland, Oregon. Multiple textures of music with widespread arrangements. A humble but perfect journey through 70‘s underground styles.  Imagine all your favorite obscure German bands condensed into one..."

Dream 7...  The Weeping Demon 
performed by:  Jonathan Kipp  (Arcata)
"Jonathan Kipp is a percussionist living in Arcata, California. He has a BA in music from Humboldt State University. He participates in a variety of projects and styles including classical, improvised, experimental and electronic..."

Dream 8...  Village of the Watermills 
performed by:  Leone  (Eureka)