One of the main reasons I love music is its unique ability to alter our experience of the world. It can slow us down, profoundly alter our environment, effect our body processes, and create a whole new experience of the world. It’s powerful and mystical and explains why we all choose to self medicate so regularly. Deforestation (Lost Tribe Sound) is the sound of Colorado native Mute Forest whispering gently in your ear, a hushed eclectic ambient folk, a stillness within the clamour of modern music – within modern life. What it makes it so special is how close mic’d the vocals are, you can hear his lips purse – it feels like he’s part of your subconscious. The music meanwhile is a washed out folk, filled with skittery electric touches, offering a Jungian nostalgia even when listening for the first time. It’s the way folk music should sound in 2015, post Hood, post Benoit Pioulard. It’s a seamless fusion of the electronic and acoustic, with both elements fully realised yet enmeshed – tied together by the poignant melancholic vocals. He says his music is inspired by “the beatle decimated woodlands of Colorado,” I’d say it’s simply inspired.
The other extreme is a new release from Sydney noise/glass blower Lucas Abela alongside Indonesian’s Rully Shabara (Senyawa / Zoo) and Ramberto Agozolie (Zoo). Recorded in Yogyakarta in 2010, Gagu (No Rent Records) is a frenetic noisy and hyperactive glass/vocals/drums collaboration released on cassette in an edition of 50.