Night Gallery

Night Gallery

by Sun Araw
     
 
This made-in-hallucinogenic-heaven collaboration between nocturnal psych giants Eternal Tapestry and drone master Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallones) is not a studied exercise in studio pedantry -- but a recorded in-the-moment live performance that took place in the studio of KVRX in Austin during 2010's South by Southwest. The two acts have a

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This made-in-hallucinogenic-heaven collaboration between nocturnal psych giants Eternal Tapestry and drone master Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallones) is not a studied exercise in studio pedantry -- but a recorded in-the-moment live performance that took place in the studio of KVRX in Austin during 2010's South by Southwest. The two acts have a history that goes back to 2007, when Eternal Tapestry shared a stage with Magic Lantern (Stallones' old band) at the Neon Commune Fest in Los Angeles. They played together each time ET made it to Los Angeles, by which time Stallones left ML and began his one-man Sun Araw project. Night Gallery is one self-titled track divided into four segments, totaling almost 38 and a half minutes. The lineup is comprised of Dewey Mahood and Nick Bindeman on guitars, Jed Bindeman on drums, Ryan Carlile on tenor sax, Yoni Kifle on bass, and Stallones on keyboard and flute. Things kick off with a drone -- of course -- on "Night Gallery I," with organ and guitars entering gradually, without rhythm, establishing a mood. Stallones adds his flute treated with enough echo and dimensional distortion to make it seem as if it's in the far distance and slowly approaching. The guitars begin to play off one another in repetitive patterns, creating a trance-like effect, all the while building in dynamic intensity. Organ, synth, and other keys float through, breathing in and out of the mix. The drums don't become apparent before the middle of the nearly nine-minute track, and when they do, the entire thing is off in another direction, with the organ taking an ominous hypnotic lead, bringing things down to a whisper before "II" commences with an actual chord progression and the saxophone makes itself heard. "III" is the shortest part of the jam (nearly six minutes), and the one that rocks the hardest; its guitars sting in short percussive bursts, reverberating off one another, the single incessant organ note, and the throbbing bass drone. The 14-plus-minute "IV" closes things; it begins quietly and eerily slowly, with Stallones' organ wafting through the minimal, subtly melodic guitars continuously in a lone note drone; it takes nearly eight minutes to plant roots, but when it does, a hallucinatory groove takes over before a final crescendo squalls to a transcendent finish. Though it is one long cut, Night Gallery is free of noodling or self indulgence; it proves that acid jam is alive and well in the hands of the right musicians.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
Label:
Thrill Jockey
UPC:
0790377026627
catalogNumber:
266

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