Unfortunately, I only just now found out about this but fortunately, there are still copies left for us to grab. This was released back in February of this year and, somehow, it hasn’t sold out. Terrane consists of Chuck Johnson, an Oakland-based musician and composer who got his bearings in North Carolina and Dewey Mahood, a Portland resident who’s a member of bands such as Eternal Tapestry, Plankton Wat and gargantuan act Jackie-o Motherfucker. It’s a shame we can only hear one track from Basalt Palisades, but “Serpentine Schist” should be able to convince you whether to buy it or not. Coming in at over seven minutes, their multiple guitars dance beautifully with each other and undulate under the desert sun. The heavily reverbed drum machine almost serves as white noise, just accenting the ongoing meditation. It’s like the guitars are, if you will, “dancing like nobody’s watching.” Johnson and Mahood are focused. Listen to “Serpentine Schist” below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!


The Details

Portland-based Dewey Mahood of Plankton Wat, Eternal Tapestry and Jackie-o Motherfucker teams up with Chuck Johnson, a composer and musician from Oakland, CA.

Terrane's "Basalt Palisades" took form during the verdant Portland summer of 2014. Dewey Mahood and Chuck Johnson spent a long weekend at Mahood's home studio with a 4-track and as many instruments as would fit in the room, taking frequent breaks for garden hangs and river swims. Their improvisations took form quickly and organically, with each bringing his simpatico palette of styles and influences. The four pieces, touching on Krautrock and American Primitive, began as simple motifs that grew into rich sonic moods as the two layered electric and acoustic guitars, and synthesizers.

Mahood (Eternal Tapestry, Plankton Wat, etc) is a long-time Portland resident and a fixture of that city's rich experimental music history. Johnson hails from Oakland and has been making highly regarded acoustic guitar albums for the Three Lobed and Strange Attractors labels, and cut his teeth in the 90's indie and experimental scenes of North Carolina (Spatula, Idyll Swords, etc).
released 17 February 2015

Dewey Mahood - electric and acoustic guitar, bass, synth, drum machine
Chuck Johnson - electric and acoustic guitar, pedal steel, bass, percussion
Marielle Jakobsons - flute on "Radiolarite"

Price $6

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