Sunday, November 29, 2015

Some Kind Words About Die Geister Beschwören!

"While the sounds on Die Geister Beschwören‘s Music Feeds Stars fall within the realm of folk music, elements of blissful psychedelia, droning experimentation, and even pop-friendly melodies all sit beautifully beside each other to make an experience that is equally welcoming and challenging in its beauty. Worming through many points of culture and time, Music Feeds Stars sounds like a group of cosmic musical voyagers discovering earth’s history as a collection of its more soothing and strange sounds. Field recordings serve as the occasional segue between gaps of whimsical and sometimes jarring electroacoustic folk, which feels equally composed and improvised. The inclusion of dreamy effects and a member of the band performing on a saw serves as a nice balance to the classical guitar and softly sung vocals that drive the majority of the album. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Die Geister Beschwören perform twice now, (they’re a Portland band) and each performance was quite unique. It’s the spontaneity and clear joy of creativity that make this album a welcome burst of strangely oscillating light in these darker months. This cassette was just issued on German label Tarkosvky Green and is worth the small investment..."

Monday, October 26, 2015

New Die Geister Beschwören Album on Kartovsky Green Records!


"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 favourite obscure German bands condensed into one album..."

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Portland Mercury reviews Die Geister Beschwören

"Led by Oryan Peterson-Jones, the musical collective known as Die Geister Beschwören (translated as: Call Up the Ghosts) has been exploring facets of world folk music while keeping true to the calling of psychedelia. Recent recordings like Music Feeds Stars and The Great Defenestration—both available on the group's Bandcamp page—are bewitching affairs that fold in elements of droning Indian ragas, thudding gothic pop, and shimmering pop songs that evoke the spirits of Syd Barrett and the Bevis Frond..."
Robert Ham
Portland Mercury

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!