I had a hard time figuring out what to call my mix this time around, but I’m going with “Amazing Maze.” The “maze” theme works two-fold, first named for the wonderful artwork Mr. Brandon Locher so graciously donated to these sounds and to this post, an entry from his new series of intricately meandering line drawings called “Mazes to the Motherlode” (which should be online at the end of the month). But it also works because the music found within these 31+ minutes is of the generally puzzling, lost-journey variety. This music represents the real nomads out there, the explorers of groove and texture. Structures are all but out the door for this one, with many of these cuts excerpts of even longer voyages, endless twists and turns you think are going somewhere definite, but may in fact lead you right back where you started. And like going through an especially tough maze, you’ll have to be patient, the longer sections lining out an overall trajectory that’s still fixed on the end goal, which in this case is MV & EE’s brutally real blues to close out the mix, “Shit’s Creek.” Because we’re all always there in the first place aren’t we? It can be quite difficult to find your way out of a good maze. But then again, why would you want to leave?
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[00:00] Jason Urick - “Don’t Digital” [excerpt]
[05:43] The Weird Weeds - “Side 1 Track 4”
[09:04] Michum - “Mai”
[11:57] David Daniell & Douglas McCombs - “Ley Lines” [excerpt]
[19:00] BEAK> - “Yatton”
[23:40] Venn Rain - “Pussy Willow” [excerpt]
[27:00] Apollo Vermouth - “Orange Cream Dream” [excerpt]
[28:50] MV & EE - “Shit’s Creek”