PSYCHIC SOUNDS ENSEMBLE
"The moon is out and it’s time for experiments in the Pacific Northwest. Enter the abode of Smegma Laboratories, dwelling of Ju Suk Reet Meate & Oblivia (The Tenses) whom are active in Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) notable collaborators with Merzbow, Wolf Eyes, John Wiese and infamous rock critic Richard Meltzer. It’s late in the evening and they have invited fellow Smegmateer David Morgan along with synthesized sculptors Brenna Murphy & Birch Cooper of MSHR, and psychedelic shape-shifters Corum & Suzanne Stone of Million Brazilians. All have arrived to share conversation in a new potent brew of Sonic Fermentations about to be set into motion.
'Batches 1 & 2' are too mutagenic for any container, a deep drank of sci-fi exotica concoction with psychotropic effects churned by a monstrous kalimba, canned laughter, radio broadcast fritz, eerie lap steel, double reed riff, all torched in a broth of stretching electrical beams. Suspense arrives by waiting for these themes to disintegrate and dissolve steering into unrecognizable forms. Once that happens, allure clashes with grotesque, contours between exhilaration and wailing dissolve, and the music becomes a current of unified instinct by this Psychic Sounds Ensemble. Sip it or shoot it, either way will result in stimulating both head and visceral."- Karen K, psychicsounds.com
digital / CD
In 1925, Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett disappeared in the indescribable jungles of Brazil during an expedition to find the lost city of Z. The city not only represented a sort of El Dorado, but also a state of consciousness in which the traveler and the jungle became a single being. Fawcett describes this ideal moment as the appearance of an inverted oasis; a deserted space in-between lush vegetation where one cannot longer distinguish one plant from the other, water from land or bugs from birds. All of them form a unified harmonic tissue of organic matter.
Strange Oasis by Million Brazilians is in sound what Fawcett dreamed to find. Loaded with layers of tribal percussion, far-out atmospheres and exotic melodies, this record achieves to gather lush and mystery in a tangible fabric of sound. Flutes pass as birds, taps as humid drops, melodies as organic currents. A ritual happening far away and within simultaneously. As the music crowds round us, the sounds take on animal and vegetal flesh to form a strange oasis in the exact middle of the inner jungle. - Nonlocal Research
November 10th - Santiago, Chile @ BYM Records - Embassador Dulgoon w/ Mark Harwood / Glorias Navales / Still House Plants / Pandelindio / Los Knock Knock's / Oso El Roto
November 22 - Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater: Million Brazilians- record release party - w/ Lauren Tosswill / Janane Tripp / DJ Ash & Herb (Herbcraft)
February 27 - Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theater - Mississippi Records & Church of Film present Psychic Sounds - anniversary show w/ slideshow retrospective story by Eric Issacson / Film collage by C.O.F. / Light totems by James Deverioux Tait /
Live music by White Gourd / Inspired School of Astral Music / Idaho Joe Windslow /
The Tenses / Lavender Flu / Million Brazilians (original line-up of STONE / JONES / SHAVER / CORUM)
February 28- March 17: Million Brazilians presenting 'Urban Fossickated Octave' U.S. West coast Tour - Portland / Arcata / L.A. / Santa Cruz / Oakland / San Francisco ~
May 1 - 31: TIMELASH (Corum & Embassador Dulgoon) / STAR SEARCHERS - European Tour
Mummy Dust Trippers 'Perfect Prey'
Please welcome the fully doused duet of alchemized instrument creator, Idaho Joe Winslow and Corum, the melted maestro of absorbent atmospherics.
‘Perfect Prey’ presents six new songs from the freshly squeezed cacti-crypt that is the Mummy Dust Trippers' domain. Inhale with extreme caution…
Embassador Dulgoon 'Hydrorion Remnants'
"Embassador Dulgoon is known for his intrepid contributions for the world-traversing experimental science ensemble Nonlocal Society, however the eccentric Chilean multi-instrumentalist points us in a very different direction for his most recent revelation entitled ‘Hydrorion Remnants’. Dulgoon delivers a fantastic voyage by way of transportive electro-acoustic elements, roaming crypto-zoological sampling, and soaring synthesized melodies that all work to create a truly unique escapade. Activate the artifact that is ‘Hydrorion Remnants’ to reveal a dense world of wild beasts and uncharted landscapes that only the most adventuresome dare to seek." - Grant Corum for Psychic Sounds
Maya Deren 'Divine Horsemen
Maya Deren journeyed to Haiti to make a film of ritual dances, instead, she came to be accepted as a Voudoun initiate. This album is a soundtrack to the film she shot documenting Voodoo ceremonies and festivals conveying the incantatory power of the ritual drumming and singing. One can hear the sounds of nature while processions begin across the landscape further giving the effect of an audio memoir.
White Gourd 'Magician le Diable'
'2 of Wands' by CF
Christopher Forgues, (AKA C.F.), is a musician and artist based in New York City, best known for his graphic novel serial Powr Mastrs and contributions to the Kramer's Ergot series. Forgues employs homemade electronics, effects pedals, and altered acoustic instruments under the monikers of Kites, Mark Lord and Universal Cell Unlock.
Psychic Sounds is very excited to collaborate on the release of '2 of Wands', a limited edition screen print that is hand numbered, signed and stamped by C.F.
Adele H 'Civilization'
Adele H is the experimental recording project of Italian singer and songwriter Adele Pappalardo. Using just her voice and a Brazilian tambourine to create powerful melodies and hypnotic rhythms that feel primordial and instinctive blending soul and psychedelia.