Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
‘Oumuamua by Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Bandcamp, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
From Flagpole : “Titled after the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system—a Hawaiian word roughly translating to “a messenger from afar, arriving first”—’Oumuamua mirrors the inherent mystery and infinite vastness of outer space through ambient soundscapes. Like their namesake comets, tracks such as “Borisov,” “Borrelly” and “Encke” carry a sense of movement as they drift, sweep and swirl across time. Composed of Scott Burland on theremin and Frank Schultz on lap steel, the duo creates music through a process of improvisation. These immersive sonic environments are painted with buzzing drones, hypnotic pulses and other tonal flourishes that feel unsettling and magnificent all at once. While last year’s release was named Halocline for its peculiar parallels to water—thereby essentially grounding itself on Earth—’Oumuamua can be thought of as its atmospheric, celestial counterpart arriving from beyond the stratosphere. Pair this cinematic, cosmic album as the soundtrack for an episode of “Cosmos” or “Planet Earth,” or better yet, take it outdoors and look up at the stars and moon.”
released May 28, 2021
Frank Schultz – Lap Steel
Scott Burland – Theremin