Psychedelic electro-acoustics and earthy minimalism from long-running avant-folk group. The multi-instrumentalist duo ritualistically loop and layer a hypnotic tapestry of pre-verbal vocalizations, upright bass, flute, saxophone, synth, and autoharp, running each instrument through trippy stereo delays. Psychic Oscillations finds the band as entrancing as ever.
When you walk outside, in the light, and the sparks in your head define your map of the world, your relation to time and thoughts that lead and follow, full of light, discharging constantly. When you talk to others, an exchange of pleasantries, the flow of humanity, breath through a flute, bow on string, colors, sounds. How you never feel it all at once, the best you can do is hop on a wave and ride it.
Our age has us filled to bursting with anxiety, recriminations, separations and segregations, categories, colonies, tribute, miniscule compensation, tokenism, lip service, creeds, dogmas, easy answers, false hopes, compromise, disappointment, emperor's new clothes, and wolves in sheep's clothing.
Spires That in the Sunset Rise have wandered these woods for nearly twenty years. Psychic Oscillations is an active meditation, an album that probes how time works and reworks itself through cyclical structures, loose improvisation, and wordless vocal play, plaints and praises. While at times celebratory, there is also a palpable urgency underlying the entire record. In the worldless vocalizations of sound and breath it is unabashedly body and at the same time entirely transcendent.
Spires That in the Sunset Rise come together with this crisis point in the now and offer this vessel, filled with psychic energy made physical in time. Psychic Oscillations was written over a span of time which included a condensed period of focus during an artist residency at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, summer of 2018. The instrumentation on this record hones in on cello, alto saxophone, flute, synthesizers, and voice. It is the Spires' twelfth album. Here and now.
released October 9, 2020
All compositions and performances by Spires That in the Sunset Rise (Taralie Peterson, Ka Baird)
Recorded Summer 2018, Spring 2019 at Pioneer Works and Madison, WI
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Spires That In The Sunset Rise
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering
Lacquer cut by Chicago Mastering Service
Pressed by Smashed Plastic
Artwork: Photo by Jonah Burns
Art Concept and Layout: Amy Catanzano, Matt Baird, Ka Baird
Special thanks: Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Kendra Amalie, Pioneer Works
STITSR is a band right now consisting of Ka Baird and Taralie Peterson (Louise Bock) they like to play music. They started this band in 2001. They hope to continue playing and putting out music until they are wrinkled old grannies.
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I heard your interview with Jason Woodbury on Aquarium Drunkard's "Transmissions" podcast today. It was truly remarkable and touched my heart. I bought this album immediately afterward and am so grateful to you for this nourishing music in these strange, trying days. I hope I can time my next trip to Chicago to be able to see you perform live. Thank you! mfeltes
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they picked the cotton that saved the world. that picked cotton propelled u.s. economy; a unique capitalist setup. (though anglo saxon colonizers are not unique.) so many pop stars and hip hop billboard mainstays trumpet u.s. capitalism ad nauseam; or escapism & distraction.
"Don't Die," also powerful.
"i don't believe they lies. don't believe their truth, need they heads for proof" -- that's direct and powerful.
the violinist Saydah Ruz stands out here, i think. Jeremy Leaming