Tapestry of Time and Terrain / Pleasure Cruise
The Austin-based psychedelic trio Future Museums have been building their own vision of the Garden of Delights comfortably tucked away in the cozy confines of the underground, presenting their oeuvre on their Bandcamp page, offering everything for free download in a truly hippy move. After hitting some sensitive ears set for lulling, liquidy ambient rock in the right way, they landed a cooperation with Fire Talk Records, who decided to put all that digital goodness into a solid, material form by releasing a super-limited cassette containing their two previous recordings, Tapestry Of Time and Terrain and Pleasure Cruise. The tape, which a nice move to introduce Future Museums to the wider audience, is also accompanied by a video, aptly named “Introducing,” featuring members of the band performing concerts, recordings, and being everyday people in everyday life. It’s set to the music from the album, offering a peek at the reverb-drenched and inconspicuously trippy soundworld of Future Museums.
And now, a special message from my editor, C Monster:
Get em while they hot, dear readers, listeners, and collectors. This release serves as a precursor to the Future Museums’ LP coming out late this summer on Fire Talk, so don’t miss out on the reel NOW, unless you want to go straight digital. But whichever your listening kick, get ready to glide. Like that moment in a science fiction movie when someone is put into a vat of liquid, but is still able to breath, Future Museums preserve and sustain that same sort of unbelievable, life-affirming lax-luxury that lightens the load of any stressful encounter. Legit, Tapestry of Time and Terrain and Pleasure Cruise is proof music is holistic and can heal even the harshest of agita. Go get yourself some spicy food, sit on down to the ambient, post-kraut melodies of Future Museums, and effortlessly find your definition of the digital age on the introspective side. Everything digests just right.
S/O to TMT fav director Melissa Cha, btw!
The double cassette — limited to 10 — may be purchased here, and if you want Tapestry of Time and Terrain and Pleasure Cruise digitally, click-it-out to the Future Museums’s Bandcamp link below:
HENRY CARAVAN is Louis Johnstone, who is better known as WANDA GROUP, DEM HUNGER, and a few other names/outlets/ALL CAPS EXTENSIONS. Throughout his career, his works have become less “musical” and more “liveable”. Without adding much more to that pithy jot of print, below is an explanation of KITCHEN GODS from the man himself. Even more of his words on KITCHEN GODS can be found here. I know, lots of words, but, if you ever have the chance to talk to him in person, you can talk to him about whatever you want. You don’t just have to ask him about his music. You could maybe ask him about plankton.
‘I DO NOT NEED TO EXPLAIN THIS RECORD
I WILL, THOUGH
WHERE I LIVE
WE HAVE A PIANO
WE MEANING MORE THAN ONE PERSON
IT IS NOT MY PIANO
HENRY BEING ME
OBVIOUSLY MY NAME IS NOT HENRY
THIS PIANO WAS IN THE HOUSE WHEN I ARRIVED
I BEING ME
THE PIANO WAS IN A ROOM BEHIND THE KITCHEN
INFRONT OF THE KITCHEN
IT DEPENDS HOW YOU LOOK AT THINGS
WE WILL GO WITH ‘BEHIND’
THIS PIANO WAS IN A ROOM BEHIND THE KITCHEN
MEANING MORE THAN ONE PERSON
WE HAD THIS ROOM WITH A PIANO
A CAT BOX
A CAT BOX IS WHERE THE CATS SHOULD PISS AND SHIT
SHOULD BEING WHAT WE HUMANS WANT THEM TO DO
THESE CATS DO
THE ROOM HAD FOUR WALLS AROUND IT
THIS RECORD WAS MADE USING THIS ONE ROOM
ONE ROOM AND THE PIANO
THIS ROOM BEHIND THE KITCHEN
HAS NOW HAD A WALL REMOVED
THE PIANO WAS CAPTURED IN A FOUR WALL STATE
I GUESS MEANING A DIFFERENT ECHO OR VIBRATION
THE WALL HAS BEEN REMOVED
IT IS NOW AN OPEN ROOM
THE HALLWAY IS NOW PART OF THE ROOM
A THREE WALL ROOM
THE KITCHEN STILL INFRONT
I GUESS BASICALLY
THIS PIANO WILL NEVER SOUND THE SAME AGAIN
OR THE ROOM
THIS RECORD CAPTURES THIS
“Nothing More But You”
Chris Weisman’s music has a peculiarly timeless quality to it, but not necessarily in the traditional notions of the term. Instead, Weisman’s music seems “unstuck in time” due to the filtering of various pop signifiers through the consistently austere lo-fi arrangements and complex harmonic language of its creator. Each one of Weisman’s releases bears these musical qualities but remains distinguishable by pushing a new element to the fore with every release. For instance, Transparency focuses more on Elliott Smith-style balladry and minimalist experiments; Living With Poison is a sprawling dissonant psych-pop masterpiece; and Monet in the 90s has an improbable Ween-meets-Gastr del Sol vibe to it. All of this is a testament to Weisman’s talent at creating an endless stream of sonic worlds using little more than a 4-track and his guitar/vocals, with only the occasional additions of drums, keyboards, or recorder. These tools, coupled with the slight realigning of influences of each record, make for a catalog that could almost exist in any era while not adhering to any readily apparent temporal identification.
Weisman’s forthcoming Chaos Isn’t Single most certainly carries on the distinctly “timeless” tradition set forth by his earlier work, but it finds the songwriter exploring some previously unheard musical sounds and branching out into more experimental territory that hasn’t been heard much since his work on The Maya Properties. “Nothing More But You” is a particularly lovely number that marries Weisman’s typically dense syntax to equally dissonant and harmonious guitar chords, but it quickly steps into new territory by adding Twin Peaks-esque synths and harmonies to the strange and poignant lyrics. The amount of atmosphere that Weisman manages to create with this minimum of tools is truly stunning and reaffirms his position as one of the most prolific and inventive lo-fi pop songwriters working today.
Chaos Isn’t Single is out June 16 via Hidden Temple Tapes.
• Hidden Temple Tapes: http://www.hiddentempletapes.storenvy.com
“Burning Vision Zero”
I sat here by the crack for awhile in the corner of the ceiling after hiding from the rain before the light was lifted and I decided to move. I scrambled; I was forced, really, from living on the underside as a little guy, although big for my kind. The lights were a mystery. I panicked. I had to let all those I had wound up go. Pots and pans and plastic made the mystery full and scattered.
I put both blinkers on, hesitated, then hoped for the best, and barreled into the shit. I was one of the lucky ones, for a pause, until the violence fanned out. Then it was all over, pal.
The downside was, I wasn’t through with the corner.
Nou la / Nou led
Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Zebra” has been the recipient of some great remixes, including ones by Napolian, Starfoxxx, and DJ Warlord (find his hectic edit here), so why stop there? Thankfully, Bekelé Berhanu continues the tradition on his new mix, Nou la, which finds him reworking “Zebra” into a glimmering, house-inflected number. But that’s just a fraction of the mix. The rest of this mix and its sister mix Nou led are exquisite throughout, contrasting nicely with Berhanu’s more abrasive Untitled mix for Janus (which I had described earlier this year as entrenched “in the noisy, politicized decay of club life, with leavening distortion that transforms its source material into wretched, hollowed-out pockets of dirt, mud, filth” — ha!). That one’s still one of my favorites of the year.
Catch performances by Berhanu at The Getty (5/30) and Los Globos (6/11) in L.A., and check out Nou la and Nou led below:
• Bekelé Berhanu: https://soundcloud.com/bekeleberhanu