Death Raga Run on Sentence by Opossum Sun TrailRelease date: October 12, 2017
If Death Raga Run on Sentence by Opossum Sun Trail sounds like a hallucinatory peyote dream turned into a documentary, wait until you hear a bit under the thirty minutes recorded under those titles. That is exactly what it sounds like. Oh, Opossum Sun Trail is the band (commune?), and maybe at some point, they can tell us what Death Raga Run on Sentence is.
Or maybe they don’t have to, maybe it should all be these desert dreams which perhaps have nothing to do with peyote or any other drug but with a heavy dose of sun which the band members soaked in when they walked out of their redwoods North California refuge, somewhere close to San Francisco and later self-recorded it on cheapo equipment back in the redwood tree shadows.+
This nine-member motley crew has also a vocalist (could be somewhere in the mix) and a fashion consultant, who probably will serve a great purpose when they step on the red carpet when that now imaginary documentary gets finally filmed and includes the music on Death Raga Run on Sentence. All the other members cheerfully chip into the dark, strange images presented on the album from finger cymbals to gaida player (that would be the Balkan version of bagpipes for the uninitiated), but it is mostly Michael Dieter who plays most of the instruments and seems to be the guy leading the proceedings here.
And if the story itself does not make much sense, the music does – as far as hallucinatory dreams presented as a soundtrack go. Quite a few pieces here, like ‘Radiation’ and ‘Effigy Potluck’ barely cross a one minute mark, as if the band have exactly the cinematic scene in mind they wanted to accompany. The music runs a gamut of emotions from the Western-like introductory ‘Drone Rivers’ to the gentler mood of ‘Humid Romance’ with its distant flute sounds, to nightmarish prepared guitar sounds of ‘Totality’. Oh, and the gaida-driven ‘Procession’ is one of the best tracks here.
Actually, Opossum Sun Trail is able to cram quite a bit of sound in this brief album. But what makes it work is the fact that the sounds have been easily transformed into music, albeit a bit weird and quirky, but sounds that seem to be based on sense and emotion, improvised at the spur of the moment. In brief, give these people some proper studio space and you’ll have a great soundtrack for your next movie project.