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2014-10-31
McLatchey's Top Tier debuts today – Mike McLatchey hasn't written for Exposé for several years now, but we're welcoming him back to our "pages" with his occasional series of reviews of his favorite albums of all time. The reviews were originally posted on his Facebook timeline, but we're republishing them here for wider exposure. » Read more

2014-10-25
Jack Bruce RIP – The sad news reaches us that legendary bassist Jack Bruce died on 25 October 2014 from liver disease in Suffolk, England, aged 71. His work, first with Cream, and then on numerous solo releases as well as guesting with other artists, had a significant impact on the role of the bass guitar in rock music. » Read more

2014-10-20
Games for May festival announced – The first Fruits de Mer festival for 2015 is announced well in advance so no one can claim that they are too busy to attend, if you happen to be in Putney on May 24, 2015. » Read more

2014-10-17
Documentary about The Residents in the works – Since their beginnings back in the 70s, The Residents have amazed and confused those who heard their strange variety of music. Theory of Obscurity is a film about this strange avant-garde arts collective, and it's now in post production. » Read more

2014-10-02
Gentle Giant's Live at the Bicentennial Due out November 18 – Happy news reaches us from Alucard Music, official keeper of the Gentle Giant legacy, that a new archival live release will be out soon. The show took place July 3, 1976 at the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, and was broadcast on a local radio station. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Lonely China Day - This Easily Assimilative People I wrote about this Chinese band’s previous CD back in #36. On this latest effort, they continue their path moving away from sounds typical of rock bands and further into the esoteric realms of...  (2011) » 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.

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