“Ambient” (Used 225 times)
lrockhq on 04/21/2015 at 04:50PM
State Shirt of Los Angeles was recently interviewed on the Music Manumit talk 'cast. He works with sound for pay at his "real job" and—increasingly—his musical labor of love is also returning a profit. A former Oberheim EchoPlex Pro operator, he's grown ingrained with the Circular Labs Moebius software looper as of late because, "It's ridiculous what that thing can do."
State Shirt is currently engrossed in learning to trust and build upon his compositional instincts with more speedy efficiency. His most recent album, Life is Easy, an experiment in improvisational live-looping and hopeless desolation, was released at Bandcamp under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Int'l license, and is also available here at the FMA.
Each song on the album was written and recorded live in one day—often starting out as an improvisation. Gently traveling from weird ambient swells, ghostly harmonies, funereal rhythms, freakish beatboxing, and disconcerting noises, Life is Easy takes you on a mournful march to the darkest corners of hopelessness.
"Portasoul" was written for Lost Hills, an upcoming State Shirt album to be released in Summer 2015.
wmmberger on 08/02/2014 at 11:46AM
Ah, Grasshopper! A mainstay of My Castle of Quiet playlists from the very beginning. This Brooklyn duo has traversed the most-eerie of improvised / otherworldly territories, and come out the other end, as outstanding soloists and collaborators, in many projects outside of Ghop. Their musicianship remains expert, the sheer quality of them "knowing what they're doing," and choosing to do THIS, is one of the great charms / inspirations of Grasshopper, still very much the "mothership" for Josh and Jesse.
Fans will find the band largely in familiar territory here, painting a slow-burn garden of creeping dread and pulsation, cradled by ethereal long tones. "Witch's Blood in a Sauce" finds them especially "on," adding unanticipated horror-dressing to their usual array of mesmerizing sound evolution. Always good, and always at home on MCoQ.
Grasshopper have new work out or coming soon, on various formats / labels. The new, full-length Grasshopper LP (their third 12" on vinyl), Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil is coming soon on Hausu Mountain. Jesse and Josh also have a solo / split tape, Josh Millrod / Shingles, also on Hausu, there's a full Shingles cassette, First God Planted a Garden (2AM Tapes) ,and a Josh Millrod solo cassette, Seeking the Millenary Kingdom, on Solid Melts. (MCoQ archive links: Josh | Shingles)
Grasshopper on My Castle of Quiet, v.1 (2009; our second live-musical guests, ever!)
Thanks as always to audio engineer Juan Aboites, for his professionalism and talent, and to Tracy Widdess of Brutal Knitting, for continuing to immortalize my crappy iPhone band captures.
Schemawound on 06/13/2014 at 04:12PM
Mangoestrecords on 01/25/2014 at 03:00PM
FREE WINTER TRACK by Nimbus. Chill Ambient track for all you good people! Offered by www.mangoestrecords.be