Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Peter Lamborn Wilson
During the seventies writer/poet/essayist Peter Lamborn Wilson traveled extensively in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. He spent several years in Iran where he translated Persian Sufi poetry and worked for the Shiraz Festival of Arts. In the early eighties Wilson went to Southeast Asia studying Javanese mysticism, Kebatinan. He published numerous books on topics as pirate utopia’s, Irish soma and Islamic heresy and his philosophy is influenced by anarchism, situationism, heterodox Sufism and neo-paganism.
Wilson’s ‘Ec(o)logues’ is a collection of bucolic poetry proposing an anarcho-surrealist Temporary Pastoral Zone abolishing monetary, electrical and other mediations in favor of a direct experiencing of Paracelsan tantra practices with sylphs and faeries. Visions of vibrant Neolithic pastures in company of Charles Fourier, William Blake, Edmund Spencer, Swedenborg, Erasmus Darwin and others. Poetic swamps dense with arcane references, alchemy and celtic lore. These readings were recorded at various in- and outdoor locations around the Hudson Valley. Handpainted covers, each one different. 100 copies.
Another fantastic instalment in Sloow Tapes’ on-going documentation of off-the-map counter cultural poetry, this time from Peter Lamborn Wilson, an itinerant essayist/poet/writer who travelled extensively in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal in the 1970s, translating Sufi poetry in Iran and studying Javanese mysticism while publishing on subjects as diverse as Irish soma, Islamic heresy and pirate utopias: Wilson’s aesthetic is described as being influenced by the situationists, anarchism, heterodox Sufism and neo-paganism and here he presents a series of recitations with a heady Ginsberg rhythm and feel, all recorded out of doors in various locations across the Hudson Valley. Wilson conjures the revenant forms of William Blake, Swedenborg, John Clare and Charles Fourier with an inspired Bardic aspect while “proposing an anarcho-surrealist Temporary Pastoral Zone abolishing monetary, electrical and other mediations in favor of a direct experiencing of Paracelsan tantra practices with sylphs and faeries.” Sloow Tapes’ under the radar poetry series has been one of the great cassette highlights of the past 12 months and this is another striking instalment rendered with individually hand-painted sleeves in a run of 100 copies. In years to come these cassettes will be super-desirable. Recommended! (Volcanic Tongue)
Hands of Hydra and Janina Angel Bath Duo
Janina Angel Bath’s voice feels like celestial nectar dripping from astral spheres ready to awaken the inner kundalini serpent from its slumber. With Hands of Hydra on sitar this is a deep eastern psychedelic meditation with slow motion tambura strings unfolding universal consciousness. 100 copies.
The latest batch from Sloow tapes is among the finest they have released. This new batch is comprised of 3 tapes: Peter Lamborn Wilson; Hands of Hydra and Janina Angel Bath Duo; and The Lone Garage Massacre. Whereas the Wilson tape presents bucolic poetry, mellifluous sitar and vocals are prominent aspects of the other two. Eclipse records is incredible! Buy these tapes from Ed at Eclipse - one of the nicest guys in the biz. As always, beautiful artwork adorns each Sloow cassette.
Hands of Hydra is Adam Krakow, who is also a member of Plastic Crimewave Sound. Adam's command of the sitar is conspicuously heard throughout Stargazer, a 30 minute meditation that combines his adept, devoted playing with the sweet, gentle, awe-inspiring voice and tambura playing of Janina Angel Bath. Janina Angel is worthy of high praise. The Sloow description referred to her voice as, "celestial nectar dripping from astral spheres ready to awake the inner kundalini serpent from its slumber." - the most accurate description I can imagine. Her angelic voice radiates sunlight, nourishing areas which have been blighted by neglect. An extremely talented woman, this precocious multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has studied North Indian Classical Vocal Music with Sri Karunamayee, Joan Allekotte, Michael Stirling and Terry Riley - all are disciples/students of Pandit Pran Nath of the Kirana Gharana. Also, she appeared on the psyched, baked out grooves of Eternal Tapestry's 2008 NNF opus, Mystic Induction. Her latest release is Gypsy Woman, available here.
As the sitar strings reverberate, Janina Angel's majestic voice illuminates the room with spiritual smoke - a haze that engulfs all who travel through. She is a goddess and her voice resonates with fidelity. Illnesses and pain can dissipate in the face of such illuminating beauty. The shift in tone of her voice and the reverberations of the sitar represents legs of a ladder, climbing higher until we have fused with the august sun. Her vocals have a unique depth that echo in the mind.
As Blake once wrote, "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite". Janina Angel's voice provides a refuge to the horrific realities of life in this world. Her voice is like a magic carpet, allowing one to perceive life from above, promoting peace and lucidity. I trust in her voice... see you on the other side. (Honest Bag)
The Lone Garage Massacre
Healing music to change your head space by way of trance induced astral traveling and devic beings. Ethereal psychedelic folk music channeling spirits from the dark land and influenced by Native American rituals, shamanism and Americana. 80 copies.