Olden Yolk / Mega Bog
428 S Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90013
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New York based psych-folk band. Originally started as a solo project of Shane Butler of Quilt. .
Mega Bog is the moniker of song-dribbler Erin Birgy, a Pacific Northwest rodeo child with an unmistakable laugh who was allegedly cursed upon conception. Over the past 8 years the band has stretched and wandered in a crescendo towards musical freedom. Now based in New York City, Birgy has adopted a band of wiggly jazz cartoons lifted from bands like Big Thief, iji, Big Eater, Causings, Hand Habits, Heatwarmer and others.
Melodies always lush, erotic and free. Chords always dissonant, abstract and evolutionary. On their 2013 album Gone Banana, Bog settled into their homemade cloud of pop and jazz. Spreading the discs around the world over countless tours of dim zones. On their new bug, Happy Together, Mega Bog leapfrogs further into the storm. Dizzying fusion of lounge, pop and bouncing rocks under poetic tantrums of love gone all the way wrong. Listen closer.
"Another diary-novella chapter of patiently constructed song/mantras which finds Ben yet again trademarkedly ballet-ing 'tween the Chuckle, Cry, and Groove circles near the center light of our life-sized Venn diagram ~ (this intersection zone is called “Ben’s Zone”, the shape of which, called “Ben’s Textile Cone Shape”, similar to a tesseract, is invisible though conceptualize-able.
Once outlined for you by The Ben Varian Approach (Ben’s live group and also An Approach), you’ll become suddenly very aware of various formerly secret, mundane, and now fascinating details like the brand name of your toilet, the joy of pumping
gas, the secret delight of pickles with peanut butter etc.
This album - the Fifth to come out in this format? is titled Quiet Fill. Aptly! - (in all the time I’ve known BV I’ve never seen a demonstration of any titular or musical IN-apt-
ities (you should see this drummer bowl!)) - it includes a real sweet cast of auxiliary contributions, all helping to hold up (and down) the wanders, which are this time at times notably more solidified structurally in some deliberate upright Hollywood
Nilsson / S. Dan typeaway, drifting into some Miles grooves n bite sized sound painting/doodles punctuated here n there with the soulful rhythmic riff brain dancing home orchestra hits .. stepping in the attitudinally parallel cont’d footsteps of Hosono,
pop Eno, David Berman, Carole King, (I put em in my personal list of lyrical masters whether he’d like that or not!) Modest and sidelined, Ben’s always demonstrating the longer-lasting benefits of subtle honest life-as-art living-writing over contrivance or gesture (“when it’s cold I shiver /
when it’s hot I sweat / I brace myself and I don’t get wrecked”) - jamming personal moments and epiphanies together paratactically to find the song they make in- between. and like these writers listed Ben’s got a singular all-inclusive self-truth vision that doesn’t seem to have fundamentally changed in any way since he started writing / playing music however long ago and shows absolutely no signs of doing so (reminder to revisit ‘Reassurance Song for Jerry Martini’ from earlier collection
Potassium .. where you’ll discover a the original use of a bundle of since revisited lyrical snippets)
I’m two degrees from the original saying of this as you’ll see, but a friend said once to me : “ accidental koan response by my friend I ask "how will you change ?" he says "by trying to stay as much the same as possible" - Jake Tobin