Recommended by us on 13th April 2012.
Recorded by Jon Porras (otherwise known as one half of Barn Owl) at home and in his practice space, ‘Black Mesa’ is a reflection on desolation and the search for light in a barren land. Recorded over the span of 10 months, each track materialized slowly over time.
‘Black Mesa’ features seven composed tracks of meditative, electric guitar embellished with improvised atmospherics and white light feedback.
Inspired by the hazy Americana of Sandy Bull, Popol Vuh and Neil Young, ‘Black Mesa’ endeavours to explore the depths of drone and ambient music.
Jon Porras has previously released solo material on Root Strata and under his Elm moniker released material on Blackest Rainbow and Digitalis.
CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket.
LP version is pressed on 150gram vinyl with a free download coupon. The first 500 LPs are pressed on white vinyl, the remaining copies on black.
“Mountains of drone that move like the ghosts of tectonic plates; ethereal but with such crushing force it takes a minute to recover from the album’s pull” - Raven Sings The Blues
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