Wednesday, June 17, 2015
-valis Pick of the Week
Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week -from the Motor City: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor! Their new album, Desert Brain, is out -for US fans, via their Bandcamp page, and for European fans via Mongolic Records.
The band, Sean Morrow (guitar, vocals), Eric Oppitz (bass, organ), and Richard Sawoscinski (drums, percussion), allow themselves the time and space to stretch ideas out further and further, both inward and outward simultaneously. We listeners are the benefactors of this new creative effort. From their page on Mongolic:
" Their new full length recording Desert Brain not only brings Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s aesthetic to life, but brings to fruition years spent planning the ultimate immersive listening experience. “I think we were a bit scared to make it,” says Oppitz. “It took us much longer than a typical record of a collection of songs would have taken us. Not only did we have to write the songs, but we had to compose the transitions between them and then think about how each song fit into the overall concept of the entire record.” Shimmering layers of sound slide and collide across Desert Brain, which was crafted to be an end-to-end experience that’s more a shifting moodscape than collection of individual songs. “Lyrically and musically, we really tried to tap into the chaos, celebration, and tragedy that has affected us over the last four years,” says Sawoscinski. “Since our last release Spectra Spirit we’ve collectively faced marriage, eviction, success, breakups, the death of a good friend to addiction, career changes and displacement.” While the process of writing and recording a unified album like Desert Brain was challenging, the reward is a seamless, immersive journey for the listener. From the opening, flanged guitar strains of “Seventh Scene” to the juggernaut of chugging noise at the center of “What’s Your Cloud Nine 37” to the building waves of vocals, drums and tension that drive the title track, Desert Brain has texture, hypnotizing rhythm and a sonic landscape you won’t soon forget. The album, in keeping with Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s tradition of covering all aesthetic bases, will be released on clear and splattered blue vinyl. "
You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time.