A slow-moving, drift-y longform piece made using acoustic drones. Trombone, flute and didgeridoo appear prominently. The track was mastered by Simon Heath, curator of the Cryo Chamber label, and member of Atrium Carceri among other acts.
I have had 2 days of vacation this week, and have been thinking a lot. In spite of what might be seen as a lingeringly successful ambient scene and a general wane in attention, I feel that my musical journey has been successful and fulfilling. There was a vision I had, maybe 10 years ago, of a type of sound I wanted to explore. If I could create long musical phrases that were drone-like and somewhat melodic without being too much so-- if I could create these sounds myself-- it's tough to describe, but listening to my past efforts, I feel that I have indeed achieved my musical vision. I feel proud, even though sales and interest are lower now. Popularity defines a certain type of success, but a person can succeed artistically without being very popular. I am also proud that most of my releases have had an idea behind them-- using sferics, for example, as sound sources, or portraying musically the Arctic tundra. And certainly I have enjoyed (and benefited from) many great collaborative efforts. I hope my fellow artists will persist until their vision is/are fulfilled, regardless of popularity. And even though there is much discussion about how to bring money back into music, maybe that misses some more important points that could be made (or ideas communicated).
Morris/Mystified's "Evolution" as reviewed by Richard Gurtler:
After "Epoch" (April 2012) and "Emergence" (June 2013), here comes the culmination of "Inspired Evolution" trilogy, entitled "Evolution" and released on Spotted Peccary Music during August 2014 in catchy 4-panel disc eco wallet featuring original photography, layout and design by SPM/Lotuspike visual stalwarts Jourdan Laik and Daniel Pipitone. First there was the Epoch of reptiles, then followed the Emergence of mammals, while this final installment focuses of the Evolution of early humans. So another adventurously transporting journey reveals...
"Fire Gathering" instantly calls back the memories of mesmerizingly mindscaping percussions and mysteriously dissonant rumblings explored on "Emergence", the transition into a new era has just begun. Intriguingly wrapped by tensely nuanced atmospheres, which brilliantly display peculiar insignias of both soundcarvers. With your headphones on, a powerfully immersing listening experience awaits!!! "Growing Into New Territory" quickly shifts into warmly relieving zones, quite panoramic, reinforced with subtly pulsing synthetic sounds, while additional piercing fragments slowly emanate and alternate with array of organic flutters. Delicious tribal-like rhythm inconspicuously sneaks in and meticulously amalgamates with hypnotic pulsation. Stunningly spellbinding transmutation continues, bravo, gentlemen!!! "Waiting For The Storm To Pass", the longest piece on the album with 13 and half minutes, merges undulating expansive drifts, continuous flow of strongly mesmerizing repetitive helixes and occasional spasmodic outbursts. Tranquilly high-tech, trance-infused shamanic performance with ear-splitting climaxes thrown in!!! The next cut, "Hunting In The Hills", moves into shadowy drone terrains, rather unfathomably monochromatic on the back, exquisitely bridged with warmly embracing crescendos, persistently mesmerizing twinkles, ear-tickling pandemoniums, glimpses of tribal origins and ephemeral rattling subtleties. This is nothing but truly phenomenal sonic chamaeleon and most likely, a magnum opus of the whole trilogy!!! And the track title is exactly chosen too. The final piece, "The Trials Of Evolved Man", quickly metamorphoses and follows the path of swiftly pulsing crystalline endurances punctiliously coalesced with gently nuanced sky high drones. Filled with warm velvety mesmerism, this is your everyday dose of trance-imbued elixir!!!
About 10 months ago, after recapitulating "Emergence", I didn't have any idea how these guys want to top first two parts of the trilogy with their closing chapter. But now, I can confirm that Shane Morris & Mystified (aka Thomas Park) have achieved their challenge. Yes, they did it, because they are amazing sonic storytellers and "Evolution" is a genuinely virtuosic accomplishment, strongly distinguishing and stirringly entertaining!!! Certainly another must-have, but in case you have missed "Epoch" and/or "Emergence", then I strongly recommend to complete the whole trilogy and fully experience this spectacularly immersing primordial escapade!!! To wrap up the credits for this album, the mastering duties were handled again by Lotuspike guru Ben Cox at The Armory studio. "Inspired Evolution" trilogy is undoubtedly a milestone!!! What will be the next chronicle?
Richard Gürtler (Oct 19, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Morris/Mystified's Spotted Peccary release "Evolution" receives a wonderful a positive review at the "Synth Sequences" music 'zine. "One of the best in the genre. Magnetizing, bewitching and simply superb!"-- Synth Sequences 2014. Surf on in to read the whole thing: