We asked the band about their influences and we were pleased to see that three members of the band each picked their own choice, all bringing is back to the early 70’s. Sit back, relax and enjoy this great musical trip.
T2 – It’ll All Work Out In Boomland
If something were going wrong in Boomland, I’m hoping this was the solution for a better community. Discovering this record was one of the biggest things to hit my impressionable ears. I couldn’t believe there was a record that touched on so many things I’m a sucker for: a heavy, almost frantic rhythm section; intense progressive playing, contrasted with softly sung vocals that sit perfectly. And if that weren’t enough — horns! It’s 4 songs and 45 minutes which is the equivalent of both the short n’ tall AND fat n’ skinny mirrors at the carnival. Psych and prog heads have long hailed this record as a masterpiece. But when Madlib sample this record, you know you have an album that truly transcends genres. Freaks attract freaks. I will never tire of this album — there’s just too much to sleep on.
Mort Garson – Black Mass/Lucifer
In 1971, while most pioneering artists and composers of the fledgeling “electronic music” movement were learning new technologies by either zoning out with minimalist meandering ambience or cheesy library music versions of the pop hits of the day, our fellow Canadian Mort Garson summoned this menacing and creeped out tome of dread into the world. His modular system was a new way of interfacing with Old Gods; his patch bay a new kind of sacrificial altar. Unlike his more famously quirky and bubbling synthesized collections of music made for Zodiac signs and Plants, Black Mass/Lucifer is straight up evil and ritualistic. It’s “heavy” despite not being delivered through a wall of Marshall stacks. Rather, its heaviness is derived purely from its rhythmically tribal, synthesized percussiveness. When developing much of the palette comprising the background atmospherics of our LP it was this aspect of Black Mass/Lucifer that was most inspiring, creating a constant expression of tension, through percussive exclamations or uneasy motions in behind the more obvious and melodic aspects of the record.
Sven Libaek and his Orchestra – Solar Flares
At first blush, Solar Flares by Norwegian / Australian composer Sven Libaek might sound like the sort of thing you hear piped through the furniture area of a department store. But the mellow orchestration and searching bass lines soon give way to chirping analog synthesizers and nasty, fuzzed-out lead guitars on this space-themed odyssey. More than anything, this is an album that plays with texture, stirring together calming melodies with experimental sounds to create a sonic futurism that gazes out into the cosmos. For our newest LP, we were intent on creating ‘spaces’ and ‘moments’ rather than just songs and Solar Flares was as a vital, instructional treatise.