Transmuteo – ‘Transmuteo’ LP
Transmuteo is the multimedia project of a mysterious New Orleans-based Atlantean being named Jonathan Dean. Transmuteo encompasses audio, video, digital art, site-specific installation art, radio broadcast, live performance, and experimental social networking. This is the debut full-length vinyl release by Transmuteo. The album takes the listener on an esoteric journey into holographic dimensions populated by ghostly signifiers of self-actualization and corporate success. Across two sidelong suites, these intensely hypnagogic meditation visualizations break apart into perplexing hyperlinked fragments stretching out into a digital horizon of datamoshed technoid bliss. You came here to discover your true purpose, but by the time you find the answer, you have transformed into something else entirely. Transmuteo shows us where we need to go next. You know you’re in for a journey of self-discovery.
JD Emmanuel – ‘Time Traveler’ 2LPKudo’s to Lieven Martens of Dolphins Into The Future for bringing J.D. Emmanuel back into the spotlights. In 2007 Lieven dug up the masterpiece album Wizards and re-issued it on his own label. A few years later, in 2011, J.D. was asked to tour through Europe where he was accompanied by Dolphins Into The Future and Paul Labreque. Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Holland welcomed J.D and the people attending the concerts knew they were in for an electronic blast from the past! This 2xLP set covers the tour with a great deal of unreleased live tracks. The live recordings show J.D.’s phenomenal skill to create a universe of swirling and constantly turning sounds. He’s up there in the big league of early electronic and new age pioneers with the likes of Iasos, Laurie Spiegel and Trans-Millenia Consort. Some words from the man himself: After my European tour, I decided to use the name Time Traveler to describe my music because it can put the listener into a state where time seems to disappear. This is my goal with my music, to create an altered state for expanding consciousness. With Hawaïan inspired artwork, just like JD’s colorful character and of course his t-shirts.
Quiet Evenings – ‘Impressions’ LP
Following the much loved Nova Scotian Arms / Motion Sickness Of Time Travel split LP on Aguirre, here’s the second collaborative LP by the couple from LaGrange, Georgia. In a little over three years, the duo that comprise Quiet Evenings – Grant and Rachel Evans – have become two of the most prolific and active artists in the American underground. Each also has solo projects: Grant most recently under his own name as well as Crippling and Rachel as Motion Sickness of Time Travel. Between those as well as Quiet Evenings, they’ve amassed well over 50 releases for various labels in various editions. They also co-run the Hooker Vision label, clocking up a similar amount of releases for other kindred spirits. On Impressions both sides offer superrepetitive dronework in the highest form. Outer-space that balances a slow pace with an incredibly intense inertia to evolve immediately, yet gracefully. With minimal instrumentation of guitars and synthesizers the pieces on Impressions captivate the listener into the world they’ve created. Far from the realm of pure ambient drift, subtle forces build within their disarming restraint and provide a stunning balance between light and shade. Quiet Evenings inhabit a ghostly space of unique elegance. This is a duo that can carry their craft well beyond standard shapes.