Exposé Online banner

Rhys Marsh — The Black Sun Shining
(Burning Shed Autumnsongs Records AR033CD, 2015, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-02-10

The Black Sun Shining Cover art

Over the course of seven warm summer days last July, Rhys wrote and recorded the seven songs on his new release The Black Sun Shining. Though the seven tracks are all songs, they are primarily instrumentals that were recorded live in one take. He purposely recorded the parts as soon as he had written them, so he would not have time to practice and then rely on muscle memory to play the music. So there is an impulsive and instinctive element to the music. And once he had captured his musical idea, he moved on to the next even if he could have improved it. He did as little editing as possible as he wanted to highlight the edges and give the impression that these songs just fell out of him. The only real editing is the cross fading of the songs so The Black Sun Shining is like one long piece instead of seven separate songs. Consequently there are some minimalistic elements to the riffs, melodies, and lyrics. For example the lyrics to “Down to the Waves”

Down to the waves
Down to the waves
Of my love.
I hear you calling
I hear you calling
From above.
The spirit calling
The spirit calling.

The music is a combination of driving percussive sequences, guitar riffs, and electronic melodies. Some songs are quite beautiful and soothing. For me, the standout songs are “Find Another Way,” the nearly 12-minute “Soothe the Fear,” and the album closer “In the Summer Light.”


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Rhys Marsh

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

La Tulipe Noir - Nostiman Hemar – This Greek quintet has been around since the mid-90s, this being their fourth release, a concept album about Homer's Odyssey. The best thing about this band are the idiosyncratic vocals of lead...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues