Sunday, June 10, 2007

Daniel Higgs - Plays The Mirror Of The Apocalypse And Other Songs Cassette (2006)

Daniel Higgs, of Lungfish and the Pupils, is one of the very few contemporary artists who we would absolutely consider a sort of modern day shaman. A musical alchemist, an artistic cypher, an abstract philosopher, a strangely charismatic, yet disarmingly humble master of any artistic endeavor he puts his mind to. A legendary (but now retired) tattoo artist, an incredible painter, whose paintings are at once hallucinatory and gorgeous (one painting adorns the cover of Leviathan's Tentacles Of Whorror record) and of course an incredible musician, whose sonic experiments range from the mesmeric riffrock of his band Lungfish, to an entire record of solo Jew's harp. But in addition to being an incredible lyricist, an amazing vocalist, and a master of the Jew's harp, Higgs is also a seriously mean guitar player, with a style and sound as familiar as it is totally alien. A gorgeous buzzing steel string drift through the cosmos. Lengthy droning ragas, that drift hypnotically from deconstructed Appalachia to John Cale like slow-shifting skree (joined on those tracks by violin), to moody melancholy crawls, to thick serpentine swirls of snake charmer melody and reverberating steel string shimmer. Raw and lo-fi for sure, but so darkly emotional, and dreamily hypnotic. We've been listening to this non stop since we got it and it continues to unfold more and more on each listen, we're thinking seriously about grabbing a boombox, taking a ton of peyote, blasting this tape and laying in the thick grass, sprawled naked on a hilltop in the middle of nowhere, beneath a sparkling moonlit sky. Review from Aquarius.



dave said...

Given how wonderful the Suishou No Fune cassette was , I've got to give this a try : I've got stuff by Fahey, Basho, Connors, Charalambides, so I'm assuming this will fit alongside them nicely. Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

ah, what a delightful higgsian affair. this agitates and unsettles, in a great way of course.

Anonymous said...

Wow the review was right that Daniel Higgs is kinda few modern day shaman. Very inspiring and unique music. Thank you so much for the awesome music. And your blog rules the earth and astral dimension as well. Keep up the great work. Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Daniel Higgs and Asa Osborne are having their exhibition from March 14th to April 26th at the mfoldgallery. Please come in and see the great works. Go to this website to see some of the images:

mountain fold
55 Fifth Ave 18th Flr
New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 1 to 7pm