Like a long cloud that casts a shadow for miles, the Davis Redford Triad are a heavy group. Over three years in the making, Blue Cloud is a stupendous new effort by guitarist / engineer Steven Wray Lobdell (Sufi Mind Game / Faust) and leader of one of the preeminent power trios working today (see Code Orange).
After the album's subtle opener takes you to the noisy scraped loops and menacing guitar of "Violent Stupid Friend" featuring The Baseball Astrologer with a "right on" rant, you are taken to the screaming backwards ecstasy of "Loop 03." The album continues with heavy, guitar-based psychedelic jams ("Temple of the Jaguar") that overload the senses and a spacey improvisational piece ("Mellowed for Over 80 Million Years") that both centers the album and folds time, while allowing the rest to flow from a bizarre pop song ("Bubble Wrap") to the title track, which is the sonic equivalent of a cloud taking a day to pass through your world.
Steven Wray Lobdell's guitar playing discovers colors and shapes at extreme volume levels. Astonished audiences have also found that Mr. Lobdell can call up each sound used in his myriad innovative recordings and exercises a control over them that is preternatural.
Code Orange is a live collage from the Davis Redford Triad's Spring 2002 tour. The band played a variety of material from both of their Holy Mountain albums plus rocked-out electric versions of material from Mr. Lobdell's sublime solo album, Automatic Writing by the Moon. In addition, there are three new songs, "Mellowed for Over 80 Million Years," "Loop 03," and the title track of their upcoming studio album Blue Cloud.
The Davis Redford Triad is the solo vehicle for occasional Faust guitar-player Steven Wray Lobdell. His previous album, The Mystical Path of the Number Eighty Six was hailed as "a limber sonic attack that sounds like 1,000 chattering meth-soaked bats being chased through the caves of Sun Ra's Atlantis by a litter of ax-wielding Chihuahua vampire pups, who just need some lovin'." The unique, distortion-laden guitar-playing on this album has endeared Mr. Lobdell to many who revere him as an untouchable "liquid bitch." This is not just some guy with a guitar and a talent pedal.
Ewige Blumenkraft's six tracks, especially the epic, 18-minute alpha state of "Plum Village," make up an exciting, new psychedelic chapter in the little known tradition of Carnatic rock. Other entries might include Ustad Bismallah Khan, Clark-Hutchinson Band, Sun City Girls and U. Shirivas, among others. Somewhere in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse, behind the security of dependable guards, deep beneath the quick of a reclusive billionaire's fingernails, this record has been described as "indispensable." It is time to admit your plane can't fly. How about your carpet?
Holy Mountain released the first LP by Steven Wray Lobdell's Davis Redford Triad in the spring of 1997, following Lobdell's release from a mental institution and return to playing the guitar. The music just poured out of him. The heavy psychedelic guitar compositions on The Mystical Path-- think Takayanagi Masayuki backed by a Crazy Horse-like force attempting a "version" of Sun Ra's "The Invisible Shield" with organ, analog synth and various other electronics - managed to pull down maximum sky. Since that time, Lobdell has recorded two more albums for Holy Mountain and has produced two albums by Hochenkeit. After the purchase of a tapedeck similar to the one used for this recording, Mr. Lobdell located a few tracks presumed lost and became inspired to remix the entire album. This reissue restores the original sequence of the album and has new liner notes written by Lobdell. In addition, Holy Mountain is also pleased to announce an East Coast tour by the band to coincide with the reissue of this remarkable album.