Runaway Totem — Esameron
((Not on label) GMG 01001, 2007, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01Since their debut in the early 90s, Runaway Totem has always had interesting music to serve up. Their early Black Widow releases were extremely dark and twisted endeavors, while their first for Musea (the highly acclaimed Andromeda), released in '99 turned their sound in a more intense zeuhl-like direction, which they followed for the next couple releases. Now the band (down to a duo of multi-instrumentalists Roberto Gottardi and Germano Morghen since 2002's Pleroma) have parted ways with Musea (except for distribution) and have started their own label in order to experience complete artistic freedom. Esameron comprises the first movement of the larger work 4 Elementi 5, which seems to have exploded their style out in every conceivable direction, covering nearly every path they have traveled before and many new ones previously unknown. Bits of sweltering zeuhlish madness juxtapose with uncompromising bits of alien RIO-like chamber elements and short chaotic flashes of symphonic rock, all filtered through some ancient numerology concepts that I won't even try to explain. The three sidelong tracks and one mid-length piece here are certainly some of the most complex and ambitious compositions that the band has ever presented. Those looking for something completely unusual will definitely find it here!
Related artist(s): Runaway Totem
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more
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 and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more