Exposé Online banner

Frore & Shane Morris — Eclipse
(Spotted Peccary SPM-9085, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-01-09

Eclipse Cover art

Frore is Paul Casper, a self-taught electronic musician from Virginia; Shane Morris is a multi-instrumentalist who composes ambient, electronic, and world music. On Eclipse, as they did on 2015's Blood Moon before it, the two colaborators explore dark, primitive, and mysterious atmospheres that are at once cinematic and adventurous. Centuries ago, long before Earth’s place in the universe was understood, early civilizations would look to the skies for enlightenment, insight, and guidance. The movements of the stars, moon, and planets were tracked, predicting the seasons and measuring time, and observing the celestial sphere was an important endeavor that impacted peoples’ lives, religions, and cultures. Imagine then, the importance of an eclipse in those times. The eight tracks here take the listener back to those early times, perhaps to life on the American plains in pre-Columbian times, observing the cycles of the sun and the moon and the changing seasons. The dreamy and atmospheric nature of the music, along with sparkling textures and trance-inducing percussion, brings a meditative spirit to the work at hand that needs to be heard to be understood. Instruments include a global array of sounds including ethnic flutes, djembe, frame drums, shakers, singing bowls, didgeridoo, udu, gongs, as well as electronic drums and more, as well as analog and digital synthesizers and sequencers. The result is a rich and organic experience along the lines of specific works by vidnaObmana, Steve Roach, and Byron Metcalf. Here, primal and modern elements blend into a mysterious kaleidoscopic soundworld that reaches into the power and energy that primitive societies understood well.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Shane Morris, Frore (Paul Casper)

More info
http://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/eclipse

Latest news

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Roach - Artifacts – The ever prolific Steve Roach has released his newest Fortuna release Artifacts, another 70 minutes of his patented electronic music. Although Exposé only barely touches the electronic scene, we feel...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues