Phillip Wilkerson & Chris Russell — Vague Traces
(Spotted Peccary SPM-9081, 2014, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-12-17
Wilkerson and Russell are both new to the Spotted Peccary roster of artists, though both have numerous previous releases to their credit; if Vague Traces is typical of their work, this label is right where they belong. Each of the seven tracks opens and evolves slowly, presenting droning textures that are soon joined by walls of shimmering synth sounds, some of mysterious origin – sometimes seemingly samples of indigenous drums, bells, metal and wood percussion and whatnot. As the album progresses, new sonic landscapes are presented, each unfolding with its own unique character, drifting seamlessly from one idea to the next in a tranquil haze of ambient subconscious dreamworlds. The waking listener can expect to be drawn in to an altered state of consciousness, somewhere between that of vivid dreams and deep slumber, where the mind opens to alternate pathways and concepts. Both composers state that the music here was inspired by their own lucid-dream state experiences. Hearing is believing. Wilkerson and Russell drive this highway masterfully, maintaining the balance between depth and light, darkness and coloration, never dropping too deep into droney depths, yet eschewing any of the sweetness that tends to subtract from the warmth that textural ambient sounds generate. If one listen takes the listener closer to a conscious state of tranquility, a second listen will take you even closer. One might just end up playing Vague Traces over and over all day (or night), and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more