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American composer and multi-instrumentalist Todd Tobias perhaps you can already come from bands like Coyotes 4, Clouds Forming Crowns, Circus Devils of Psycho And The Birds. The latter two with Robert Pollard (Guided By Voice). Since 2012 he also makes solo themselves heard and then the storyteller in him upstairs, even though his music mainly instrumental. For his latest work Gila Man has a psychedelic Western adventure in his head. Imaginary soundtrack should there being, with the advantage that he made the film without music and listen to it also as such. The music certainly captures the imagination and is an idiosyncratic blend of neoclassical, krautrock, dark ambient and avant-rock. Now you have some really an idea that you are in a Western, tuimelgras including, but many times you get the impression that you have arrived at a deserted place on another planet. There are no cowboys but those crooks of the Residents that draw their futuristic weapons against Popul Vuh and Cocteau Twins. Villains! The latter association is due to the wonderful wordless vocals of Chloe March. Also Ennio Morricone, David Lynch, Stereolab and Broadcast pass through this surreal scene of battle. Tobias draws from a lot of sources, but manages to create an intriguing and coherent. One time hushed and dreamy, sometimes strange and unreal and at other times abrasive, exciting and obscure. A wonderful adventure.
An old piano and two microphones: it is enough, now, for musicians to navigate and young experimenters to create rich sound environments of a variety of different suggestions. In the case of Grant Hazard Outerbridge the concrete elaboration of the formula came to the valley of a thirty-year career and after an episode of transient amnesia, that moved him to reconsider his process of composition in an extremely minimal sense.