This Ball of Wax #48 compilation release party features a rare appearance by the Arcata, California/Portland group Die Geister Beschworen, led by Oryan Peterson-Jones. Local scene vets may remember him from his mid-’00s psych- and post-rock bands Datura Blues and Beast, Please Be Still (they are still active, but now mostly based in Portland). Enough history; let’s discuss DGB’s engrossing music. On their well-stocked Bandcamp, you can find exceptional works like 2015’s Music Feeds Stars, a suite of outward-bound folk-rock that harks back to those early-’00s Weird America (™ The Wire magazine) days. Alternately dense and diaphanous, these songs seed pastoral tropes with strange aural flora and fauna. This year’s “The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore”—on a split release with Espers’ Helena Espvall—is a disorienting studio dream marked by children singing “Happy Birthday” amid a menacing, industrial-folk panorama.
DAVE SEGAL, The Stranger
"Despite their name, Die Geister Beschwören
appears to hail from greater Cascadia, from parts of Oregon and
Northern California. And despite adopting a spectral name in German,
their contribution to Ball of Wax 48 is in Spanish. “Cerro de
la Muerte,” translating to “Hill of the Dead,” is a brief, feverish,
Lynchian dream of a Mississippi blues song that serves as more interlude
than fully-formed song. It’s evocative and atmospheric, like if
“Dueling Banjos” from Deliverance was somehow dropped into El Topo. See if Die Geister Beschwören can recreate their dusty magick live on June 3rd at the Ball of Wax 48 Release show at Conor Byrne..."
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
In an interview with Bob Doran for The Hum, Oryan Peterson-Jones discusses the history of Datura Blues, Die Geister Beschwören and his background as an ethnomusicologist... This piece was produced for KMUD and aired on the Monday Morning Magazine show (05/29/2017)
Listen to the interview here!
Listen to the interview here!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
BPBS Arts and Media Presents:
The 7th Annual Production of (recurring) DREAMS
Saturday, September 16th
@ The Sanctuary in Arcata, California
(Assigned scenes are subject to change.)
Opossum Suntrail... performing "Sunshine Through The Rain"
Five Minutes Alone... performing "The Peach Orchard"
Ghoul Hand... performing "The Blizzard"
Die Geister Beschwören... "The Tunnel"
The Gritty Kitties... "Crows"
Kit Lamb... performing "Mount Fuji in Red"
Deep Dark Light... performing "The Weeping Demon"
Crowey... performing "Village of the Watermills"
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Die Geister Beschwören and Helena Espvall met in 2015 on a small Danish island...
Both acts were scheduled to perform at the Fanø Free Folk Festival and their mutual appreciation for one another led to this collaboration. Tandem Tapes, a boutique label based out of Jakarta, Indonesia kindly offered to release the collective material as a split cassette. Enjoy!