This collaboration between the mellow, Memphis-meets-Germany duo of Kip Uhlhorn and Simon Wojan (a.k.a. Cloudland Canyon) and Chicago's great rock 'n' roll concierge and knower-of-mystics Mr. Robert Lowe (a.k.a. Lichens) was born on a trip to the West Coast of the United States a few years ago.
Exterminating Angel's single 30-minute track uses voice, guitar, samplers, and ARP synthesizer. You've heard of the unmade science fiction epic whose would-be director proposed using different big-name progressive bands to perform a soundtrack for specific planets used in the script; here then are the sounds accompanying a spacecraft that's a combination Death Star and Taco Bell from the 1970s filled with cement Mayan temples and pyramids populated by large, snappily dressed reptilian beings. Every so often a bell goes off to break the spell and presents convincing evidence of this record's special journey.
Lichens is Rob Lowe's (90 Day Men) vehicle for performance and recording solo and with collaborators. Lichens is a transfixing experience that loops wordless vocals into curtains of ghostly drone which Lowe makes witchier with the addition of both acoustic and electric guitars, percussion and other effects.
Recorded live as a one-time improvisation without overdubs, the three tracks on The Psychic Nature of Being reveal and extend already mesmerizing Lichens live performances.
Holy Mountain's deluxe vinyl edition of The Psychic Nature of Being comes housed in a sturdy old-style tip-on jacket that features original artwork by Mr. Lowe not available on the CD version (to be released on Kranky in October '05). Catch it!