new to stock as of
january 20th, 2007
|soopa (portugal) #soopa spiral cd|
spiral joy band / john w. fail “pores in the porch and puddles beneath” compact disc recordable
- elegy for wooden ladders (11:05)
- down from the skies (38:20)
- imperceptible unwavering (8:26)
|three extended “armchair ethnomusicology” studies from pelt members mike gangloff and mikel dimmick, with cenotaph boss john w. fail; each contribute a wealth of stasis-heavy droning acoustic string timbres - surreal cosmic emanations; definitely something you’ll want to soak in...|
|spiral joy band with john w. fail|
mikel gangloff: esraj, fiddle
john w. fail: israj
mikel dimmick: flute, bowls, sruti & electronics
the spiral joy band was formed in 2001 as a hook up between pelt members mikel dimmick and mike gangloff, and karl precoda (last days of may, the dream syndicate). until now they have privileged live performances over recorded works, and these performances have typically featured extended drone works for acoustic instruments much like pelt's recent work on "(untitled)" and "pearls from the river".
instruments used and abused include tibetan prayer bowls, gongs, sruti box, esraj, tanpura, shenai, and tongue drum, as well as a range of more conventional western paraphernalia.
on "pores in the porch and puddles beneath", dimmick and gangloff are joined by glasgow-based american expatriate john w. fail for three lenghty excursions into dynamic drone structures, with thick layers of violin, esraj and sruti box interspersed with occasional punctuations on prayer bowl and electronics.
the opener, "elegy for wooden ladders", is the most dissonant piece of the three, with apparently random flashes of esraj and violin which gradually evolve and interlock, bringing the track to an agitated outcome. "down from the skies" clocks in at almost 40 minutes, and is a perfect combination of the twin guidelines of spiral joy band's music: a long hillbilly fiddle intro by gangloff is gradually overridden by dissonant drones from dimmick and fail on electronics, prayer bowl and esraj, until the americana elements that originated the track are all but submerged in a wave of asian-sounding drone and clattering
esraj, with a majestic sruti box drone-chord rounding off the track. the final track, "impercetible, unwavering" is the most static of the three, a thick sruti box drone supporting the strings, who constantly go in and out of phase with each other; about a minute from the end, the drone bedrock is suddenly removed, leaving only the throbbing strings, which eventually fall into silence.