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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BPBS Arts + Media Presents:

 The 5th Annual Production of (Recurring) DREAMS

Friday, September 5th 
9 pm, sharp!

@ The Mad Haus
3737 SE Madison St.

As in years past, we will project Akira Kurosawa's 1990 film DREAMS onto a large outdoor screen.  The film is divided into 8 shorter sequences (all around 15 minutes long,) with each segment being scored by a different local musical act.  (The movie is subtitled, so the audience can still follow the plot.)  This event is free, all ages and family friendly!  Please bring your own beer, blankets, lawn chairs, etc.

Also...  Six of the eight groups performing at (Recurring) DREAMS will be playing the following day at No Fest in Saint John's!  So come out for what promises to be an awesome Friday evening, and prepare yourself to enjoy a full day's worth of amazing bands at No Fest on Saturday!!!

Dream 1...  Sunshine Through the Rain (performed by:  Rllrbll)
"Some people act like stars.  Some people see stars.  But Rllrbll I think might actually be stars- the galactic kind, giant nuclear fusion engines firing atoms and light across the vacuum of the univers.  Right now, of course, the five members of Rllrbll are trapped in human form, mere dying bones, blood, and brain cells.  Yet there are moments during every Rllrbll album when it seems like they cease to exist.  They have transcended gravity, time, space.  They have become energy."
Willamette Week

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

Dream 4...  The Tunnel (performed by:  Harem)
"Formerly known as Mangled Bohemians, Harem is fronted by James Lee.  Harem combines elements of folk and psychedelia to create a uniquely haunting, yet beautiful, sound."

Dream 5...  Crows (performed by:  Die Geister Beschwören)
"Die Geister Beschwören (German for “Summon the Spirits”) is Oryan Peterson-Jones’ exploration of field recordings and instrumentation collected from around the globe.  Die Geister Beschwören materialized 15 years ago from behind the Redwood Curtain in Northern California, and has developed modestly alongside Peterson-Jones’ other artistic endeavors, the psychedelic roller coaster, Datura Blues, and improvisational noise outfit, Beast, Please Be Still.  While these projects satisfy a collective effort and engage in more grandiose musical pursuits, Die Geister Beschwören invokes an enthusiasm for Ethnomusicology with comradre towards the “New Weird America.” 

Dream 6...  Mount Fuji in Red (performed by:  Beast, Please be Still...) 
"Spontaneous composition, featuring members of Datura Blues."

Dream 7...  The Weeping Demon (performed by:  Utiseta)
"Utiseta is the exploration and expression of ancestral practices and belief transmitted through the medium of music. Music has been the driving force of ritual practice for as long as we can recall, in particular the drums, voice, bells and rattles for inducing trance and conjuring spirits. Each Utiseta set is written to embody certain energetic intentions and cultivate stronger awareness to the fading traditions of our ancestors."

Dream 8...  Village of the Watermills (performed by:  Ed and the Red Reds)
“Country 'n North-Western” music, as Ed calls it, is about storytelling. Combining 60's psych-rock, old-time, classic folk, outlaw country and modern influences, E&TRR is a true American mutt, combining many different elements to make something wholly original."