Jon Porras-Undercurrent (RS83)


It’s been in the pipeline for some time now, so I’m happy to finally announce the upcoming release of my new LP, Undercurrent.  This will be released in an edition of 500 on the fantastic Root Strata label. Recorded last year, the album melds spectral, electric guitar with slow moving currents of gloomy, melodic wash.

“California Gothic set to the tidal rhythms of the Pacific and tuned into the metabolic pathways of the northwest coast. Porras (Barn Owl/ Elm) has scripted a love poem to the mist, a prayer cast in ghostly reflected guitar and deep pools of distortion. The ominous opening of ‘Gray Dunes’ is a dense and impenetrable murk, a fear that eventually succumbs to distortion but then gives way to a endless open space of delay in it’s second half. Its trajectory is symbolic of the record as a whole, with many of the darker paths on ‘Undercurrent’ leading to lush other worlds of delicate beauty, fragile guitar notes that emerge from the sea for a moment or two then fade back into the whole. ‘Calm’ and ‘Lands End’ are lovely spots of respite, clear beams of moonlight breaking through the clouds, a shot of light that ushers in the lone funerary come down of closer ‘Gaze’.”

Official release date is set for May 10th. I’ll also have copies on the upcoming Barn Owl/Jefre Cantu-Ledesma European tour.  More info and sound samples here.

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