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2015-03-26
RIP John Renbourn – John Renbourn, the Scottish guitarist and founding member of the influential folk-rock-jazz band Pentangle, has died at the age of 70. His elaborate style of playing, as well as his willingness to experiment with sounds from around the world, were hugely influential in the folk music as well as being precursors to what was later called World Music. » Read more

2015-03-13
Seaprog 2015 First Band Announcements – The Seaprog festival in Seattle will present its third instalment in August, and the organizers have announced their first signings to perform. Italian artist Debora Petrina will appear, along with California prog darlings MoeTar. The festival will take place August 7-9, 2015. » Read more

2015-03-13
Daevid Allen RIP – After battling cancer, Gong founder and musical visionary Daevid Allen has left the planet Earth. He will live on in our memories and in the multitude of recordings he left behind as a solo artist, with Gong, and with a wide range of other artists. He was 77. » Read more

2015-02-17
RIP Sam Andrew – Sam Andrew, guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and The Holding Company, passed away on February 12th, at the age of 73. His death stemmed from complications related to a heart attack ten weeks earlier that left him in critical condition. » Read more

2015-01-27
Magma to tour North America in 2015 – Something that doesn't happen very often is in the works for the spring on 2015: Christian Vander and Magma will be touring North America, even including some West Coast shows. European performances are going on as of the time of writing. » Read more

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Mani Neumeier & Peter Hollinger - Meet the the Demons of Bali Wooaah, wait a minute, hold the phone, and just a cottin' pickin'... Mani has really done something different here! Some may remember the Privat CD reviewed last time. There, he took on every...  (1999) » Read more

Shane Morris & Mystified — Emergence
(Spotted Peccary SPM-2301, 2013, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-08-03

Cover artShane Morris operates in that area of sound sculpting where you have to abandon any attempts at analysis and just let the recording flow over you. Sometimes, for a trained musician, this isn't easy, but there's more to life (and music) than scale modes and beat patterns. Everything about Emergence sounds organic, though virtually anything heard could just as easily be purely an electronic creation. But, as a wise man once said, "Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream." It's easy to picture yourself deep in a forest, with crickets and other night creatures going about the business of living all around you. Gentle breezes, occasional sprinkles of rain, and other natural sounds lull you into a state of deep relaxation, and it is only gradually that you become aware of some sounds that can't be explained by animals and natural forces — at least not natural to this world. Maybe it's a craft from another part of the galaxy slipping past overhead, near silent in its massive passage. Gradually you become aware of another artificial sound... there must be a village somewhere in the distance, and the attenuated echoes of some kind of percussive music are carrying over the hills, blending with the crickets to the point where nature and culture are indistinguishable. Perspectives change around you, almost as if you were moving, or maybe the world is moving around you, presenting different sonic spaces to you as it passes. Don't open your eyes, or you might miss something.

Filed under: New releases , 2013 releases

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