M. Geddes Gengras is a relatively new name in regards to his solo incarnation. In the past, he’s worked with bands such as Pocahaunted (Bethany Cosentino’s drone project before forming Best Coast – quite a contrast, huh?), Sun Araw, LA Vampires, and Robedoor. This past spring, Gengras actually toured with Akron / Family. Anyhow, The Moog Years’ spawn is strongly drone and ambient. With Gengras’ other works, this is kind of oddity for how subdued it is. If you take a look at his Bandcamp page (which you can do by clicking right here) you can see that the man has a plethora of other work you can explore. As you can surmise from the title, this isn’t exactly brand new material but this is the first time it has ever been released on vinyl – in the past some of these songs were released on cassette tape, as the description says on A Number of Small Things. This album was released on the progressive label Umor-Rex, and I actually wrote about one of their releases earlier this year – Félicia Atkinson’s Visions / Voices. Listen to The Moog Years via the Spotify player below and see what you think of it. By the way, the first 200 copies sent out will be the red version. If you live in Europe, click the Buy Now link. If you live in North America click this sentence – Thrill Jockey’s distributing here. Cheers!

The Details

Vinyl LP limited edition of 450 copies. Printed on uncoated jackets, insert, black inner sleeves and download coupon. Initial 200 copies on red opaque colored vinyl, remaining copies on black vinyl.

M. Geddes Gengras has contributed in many projects, explored various genres and instruments in his music career. However, when it comes to making solo music, his main instruments are the Moog synthesizer and modular synths. Unlike “Test Leads” (his first solo album), which has a strong reference to beats and rhythm, “Collected Works Vol 1” presents a sound much closer to ambient music, with melodic sequences filled with breeze and colorful atmospheres, all immersed on an intimate vibe. Gedras redraws the free forms of ambient and kosmiche music of the 70’s explored by people like Klaus Schulze, Conrad Schnitzler and Roedelius. The songs of “Collected Works Vol 1” were recorded directly on fourtrack. Some were previously released on a limited cassette edition, but this is the first time that these recordings are available on vinyl. They have been remastered for the occasion by Gengras at Green Machines in Los Angeles.

M. Geddes Gengras has been part of Sun Araw, Robedoor, LA Vampires and Pocahaunted (Not Not Fun). He also has worked on his own project, Personable. And the acclaimed record “Icon Give Thank” FRKWYS Vol. 9 (RVNG Intl) with The Congos and Sun Araw.

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