Essential! 1st pressing of 100. Second pressing of 200.
Hand screened jackets with insert.
Okay, let's now move on to the review section of this Drudion. I'll commence with the most useful release of the month, which must surely be the transcendentally tripped out witterings of BRIGHT BLUE GALILEE, a single 36-minute epic by the American ten-piece ensemble Dreamweapon (aka DRMWPN). Available on the forward-thinking UK label Apollolaan Recordings, Dreamweapon utilise their vast arsenal of percussion, keyboards and strange string instruments to enslave the minds of listeners, dragging them down into the underworld via a series of ever-unfolding phased vocal chants, in a similar manner to Valley of Ashes' massive triple LP, the more vocal heavy side of Sunburned Hand of the Man and PARADIESWARTS DÜÜL-period Amon Düül. As so many contemporary musicians attempt to perform similar music to Dreamweapon, such stuff can be judged only by how often the listener needs to engage with it; that I've been compelled to rotate this sucker endlessly is surely evidence of its extreme success. Bless you for birthing it, ladies'n'gennelmen!" - Julian Cope
"First available evidence of Drmwpn (aka Dreamweapon), this Chicago-area free-drone ensemble that features Steve Krakow aka Plastic Crimewave alongside members of Town & Country and various local scene players like Michael Zerang et al. The sound is deep, slow-moving and beautifully brain-erasing, with aspects of AMM, Pelt and The No-Neck Blues Band as well as Spacemen 3, Velvet Underground, LaMonte Young et al." - Volcanic Tongue
Featuring a host of ethnic instruments, plus electronics, guitars, drums, bass, etc, “Bright Blue Galilee” is another extended piece that is given plenty of room to grow and change, the result crackling with vitality, reminding me work by United Bible Studies. With rattled percussion and chanted vocals, the piece has a spiritual dimension at its start, the very psychedelic sound encouraging you to turn off the lights and listen completely. Having drawn you in however, the music is slowly absorbed into a different piece and you find yourself listening to drifting electronics and scattered drums, not completely sure when the music changed, but enjoying the effect it is having. Finally the music flutter and stops and you realise half an hour has passed in the blink of an eye or a thousand years, such is the power of this compelling sound.
DRMWPN (pronounced DREAMWEAPON) began as an alias for TOWN & COUNTRY to flex their more improvisatory muscles and the project took on a life of it's own. The core membership of BEN VIDA, JIM DORLING, LIZ PAYNE and JOSH ABRAMS is present and has grown into a collective whose membership has included MICHAEL ZERANG, EMMETT KELLY and ROBERT AA LOWE. The music here is fantastic, ethnically-tinged, organic drone work that would sit nicely next to psych monsters such as LIMBUS 4, ARICA, DEUTER or other sublime brainroasters you might be able to conjure. This is extremely limited, so don't sleep. EXCELLENT!!! - Reckless Records
released April 1, 2008
Josh Abrams - Guimbri
Jim Dorling - Leslie Voice Electronics
Steve Krakow - Banjo
Mahjabeen - Kalimba
Dan Mohr - Voice Organ
Liz Payne - String Bass
Adam Vida - Cymbals
Ben Vida - Electric Guitar
Sam Wagster - Lap Steel Guitar
Michael Zerang - Drums