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    The Psychic Paramount, Phil Manley Life Coach, and Sinoia Caves

    The Psychic Paramount
    The Psychic Paramount is Ben Armstrong (bass), Jeff Conaway (drums) and Drew St. Ivany (guitar), three lead instruments individually and together. They make impact a state of being rather than a discrete event. As single-minded as the music may seem at first strike, it exists at higher elevations — of decibel, intensity, motion, color, temperature — and spills freely over the walls of genre, magma into new land. It is punk in its fury, noise in its rash extremity, and progressive in form: small-p pro-gress as a verb, progress progress progress, move move move, forward onward upward. An unceasing coiling in and exploding out. The Psychic Paramount is always moving, and you will feel the wind in the hair between your whitening knuckles.

    Phil Manley (Trans Am)
    Phil Manley, founding member of the pioneering DC-trio Trans Am, and in-demand recording engineer (Alps, Arp, Mi Ami, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) has recorded his debut solo album. Life Coach, a title inspired by Tony Williams Lifetime and Charles Bullen’s Lifetones project, is a dynamic collection of instrumental songs composed, performed, and recorded entirely by Phil. While there are reflections of Phil’s work in Trans Am, Oneida, The Fucking Champs, and Jonas Reinhardt that a listener familiar with those bands will notice, Life Coach is more minimal and adheres to the structures of German rock of the mid 70’s that has long inspired Phil, specifically the free-spirited and loose arrangements, the propulsive "motorik" pulse, and the sonic textures or "Klangfarben" (translated "sound colors"). German analog recording technology had reached its zenith in the late 70's. This coincided nicely with the careers of such artists as Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster and Popol Vuh. German recording engineer Connie Plank, a hero of Phil's, was responsible for most of the greatest recordings of each of these bands. Life Coach pays homage to the "Klangfarben" of Connie Plank's recordings.

    Sinoia Caves
    Sinoia Caves is another name for the analog synth wizard Jeremy Schmidt, who is also a principal member of the critically-lauded, maximal-rock band called Black Mountain. The Enchanter Persuaded is his solo debut full-length. It is an ambient psych masterpiece, bringing to mind, as one writer puts it, "the warmth and majestic epic swales" of Florian Fricke's Popul Vuh plus a "little Rick Wakeman and Kraftwerk."

    The Enchanted Persuaded opens with "Dwarf Reaching the Arch Wonder", a slowly building interstellar legato anchored by an ecclesiastic organ droning against cymbals, chimes, and ring modulator... "The Naro Way" is a splinter of psychedelic folk with half-buried melodies bending and giving way to the Emerson synth... then the steady heartbeat of the Linndrum marches [on] "Through the Valley", a vocoder-led hymn ushering the worn and weary to "The Wicker Chair", another poison drop of psych-folk now with an undercurrent of heavy breathing, white noise, and mellotron voices until all is peeled away to reveal the ether-synth abyss of "Sundown in the New Arcades (Milky Way Echo)", an infinite, swirling moment within the primordial depths of Jean Michel Jarre's sonic psyche with neither beginning nor end until the tape runs off the reel and in the open arch stands John Carpenter holding "The Evil Ball". By now, you get the idea.

    In addition to his solo music and his contributions as part of Black Mountain, Schmidt is also known for his work as former member of the celebrated space rock band Pipedream and as a part of the Destroyer-related band called The Battles. The Enchanter Persuaded was originally self-released, in a very limited fashion, in 2002. This newest, more permanent edition comes with a slight remastering and vastly improved artwork.

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July 20th
Live at Rickshaw presents
The Psychic Paramount, Phil Manley Life Coach and Sinoia Caves

+19 Doors: 8:00 PM

$12 +S/C advance

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