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Albums Of The Week: John Dwyer | Moon Drenched

The Osees leader reconvenes his Bent Arcana lineup to create more sonic freakiness.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The same crew as the boundary-pulsing improvisation record Bent ArcanaJohn Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Tom Dolas, Brad Caulkins, Kyp Malone, Marcos Rodriguez, Ben Boye, Joce Soubiran, Laena Myers-Ionita & Andres Renteria —  made a trajectory shift and picked up Ben Boye along the path.

The aptly named Moon Drenched is the second installment from these sessions & keeps a heavy-lidded late-night perspective on things as it eases from the familiar liminal twilight of skittering hues of black-blue and snaking street groove to fizzing off into the ether in pursuit of lunar prism beams heretofore unseen. The more rhythmically dialed bits here have a lysergic halo of strangeness to them, and the wispy bits between are spun from an iridescent gossamer. It sounds like a frizzled message from a future just filthy with guitar hoots echoing of neon splattered high rises, oil-slicked waterways and skittering digital beasts. It is arguably the strangest slice of this bunch of improvisations: the left turns more vertiginous, the flickering embers of repetition and recognition fly farther apart, as a steady procession of ever stranger wildlife circles the stereo space, nosing in to peek on what’s cooking. It’s something else and it’s out now.”