Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Killing You Softly, and from Some Measured Interval; Long Distance Poison on My Castle of Quiet radio on WFMU, Tonight.

I like the way the picture above assigned different color schemes, or "tones," to each member of Long Distance Poison; very appropriate. It came about by complete accident, in Photoshop, as I stumbled about, with one of the photos the band has up online in my twisted hand.

Long Distance Poison present an irresistible concoction of convergent psychedelic and electronic energies, everything from a love of nature, and Rothko-like visual aesthetics, to musical influences like Sky Records, John Carpenter soundtracks, minimalism, and a less-hyper Mother Mallard or post-Phaedra Tangerine Dream. They've released some excellent tapes, on Life Like and Cryptic Carousel, releases that capitalize on the band's strength in long-form electronic composition with a wealth of improvisational wiggle-room. (Yet more can be heard at the band's soundcloud page.) There's a "ground" concept for each section of each piece, but that merely serves as a taking-off point for LDP's pulsating extrapolations, typically about 30 minutes in length total, or longer. They've been wowing local Brooklyn audiences for some time now, and part of the fun of their shows is the opportunity to experience the band finding their way in the moment, watching the clay of their ideas take on form and urgency as they go.

Long Distance Poison now bring their live power to My Castle of Quiet in a performance that's not to be missed; I'm honored to say that it's a collaboration of sorts between myself and the band, inasmuch as their live set will be a score to an imagined film, one I conceived at their suggestion—a Nordic romance entitled Sisu ( see, there was this Finnish exchange student in sixth grade...I never really got over it.)

Don't miss the premiere.

With my last decrepit reach, my hand bloodied and shredded, I turn the latch that flings open the Castle door @ midnight.
LDP @ 12:30 approx.
WFMU 91.1 FM (NY/NJ)
WMFU 90.1 FM (Hudson Valley) live on the Web

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