Mike Cooper has traced a path completely his own for the past 50 years as an international musical explorer, lap steel guitarist, singer, improviser and composer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. stretching the possibilities of the guitar with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years.
Room40, a beacon of sound…ringing out from the deepest south. Also home to our sibling labels Someone Good and A Guide To Saints.
Oceanic Feeling, Like by Chris Abrahams & Mike Cooper, Room40, 2008 on #neuguitars #blog #MikeCooper
▶︎ Oceanic Feeling, Like | Chris Abrahams & Mike Cooper | Room40 (bandcamp.com)
“The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.” ~Annie Dillard
It’s this musical whisper that is amplified on Oceanic Feeling-Like, as Italian based musician Mike Cooper and Australia’s Chris Abrahams unite for the first time to create what can only be described as a picturesque horizon of melodic ocean swell.
Stretching out horizon-wide, Oceanic Feeling-Like is generously coloured with Cooper’s unique guitar approaches and Abrahams distinctive piano motions. Both musicians bring with them a wealth of technique and improvised flare that is brought to bear over a series of island-like compositions, that eventually form an unusually divergent sound archipelago.
Recorded in Sydney at Abrahams’ home studio, each of the pieces explores a unique post-marine sound space – that’s both reflective and reflexive.
Truly a release that ebbs and flows in the best way imaginable. An ocean of sound awaits – sometimes calm and flowing, occasionally choppy and unexpected, but always experiential.
released June 1, 2008