Music Is Dead: Vinyl LPCF139
Label: Castle Face
Release Date: 5th November
When it comes to prog I believe the best rule is to think like the great philosopher Kuato and 'open your mind' and once you've done that you'll be welcomed to a world of exciting musical journeys with shifts in new directions, a music full of folk tales and the fantastical. Is Nolan Potter prog? If you fear prog, I'd say 'no' because I want you to buy this record, so I will tell you that this record is a wee ripper, big riffs son and it's out on John Dwyer's Castle Face Record.
For those who dig: Oh Sees, the folkier sound of Ty Segall, Canterbury Prog, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ian Carr, Mr. Elevator, Hooveriii, Grave Flowers Bongo Band, Nice Biscuit and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
Nolan Potter is putting us home recording freaks to shame. We had a year of global pandemic to lay out our grand ideas and the sum total of most artists “quar-riffs” wouldn’t push the constraints of a normal band practice (gosh, remember those?). Nolan Potter, in the meantime, has quietly painted us a beatific masterpiece that veers from the whimsical to the wigged out, deftly weaving an untamed tapestry of sound all the while archly commenting on the present musician’s predicament - and he did it alone. No drum machine clattering in the background amidst tape hiss and 4 track grime here - this is a fully realized, insanely well played, full on rock record that might even one-up his first LP for us, last years excellent Nightmare Forever. The guys’ got more chops than a beauticians’ college across a wide array of instruments - no small feat, and easily overlooked when you leave the lyric sheet and credits on the dining room table. That the songs travel far, wide, up, down, backwards, and gamely spill out over the 5 minute mark with exceptionally loose interludes and diversions is just another marvel in this carnival of aural delights. It’s a gem of a record and it’s out on Castle Face September 24th.