Arthur King, teasips
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042
This event is 21 and over
Singer Ryan Hurtgen originally met Johannes Luley as a client in Luley’s Los Angeles-based recording studio, My Sonic Temple. Luley, who was instantly impressed with his personality, song-crafting skills, and voice, asked Hurtgen to join him on a new project. This new group was going to continue the path Luley’s former band Moth Vellum had set out on. The two became fast friends and soon put together a full band which would also include founding member Jesse Nason on keyboards. After releasing Perfect Beings (2014) and II (2015) to critical acclaim, a few personnel changes occurred that left the band without a rhythm section. The guys decided they wouldn’t be deterred, even by such a major setback. Instead, they hired Minneapolis transplant Ben Levin to play the drums on their next album, with Luley taking over the bass spot in addition to playing guitars. The result is the exhilarating double album, Vier. As the group got closer to completing the record, they approached InsideOut, whose label chief Thomas Waber had shown interest a couple of years earlier. The parties agreed to join forces and release the record in early 2018. Levin dropped out and progressive rock drumming phenom Sean Reinert joined the band to add even more life force to an already powerful and highly skilled group, which also includes Jason Lobell on bass and Brett McDonald on sax and flute.
The ever-evolving music and art collective known as Arthur King is pleased to announce the next step forward in its creative practice with the release of the album Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante), out April 27th on Dangerbird Records.
The Arthur King lineup for this project consists of Peter Walker (of Eulogies) and Aaron Espinoza (of Earlimart). In contrast to the full 8-person ensemble Arthur King & The Night Sea, this scaled-down duo crafts a sound much more steeped in minimalism, repetition, and subtle timbral shifts. The duo combines synthesizer, guitar, and drum machine with sounds derived from field recordings to assemble looping arrangements that recall the harmonic and textural density of Seefeel or Christian Fennesz with the raw percussive foundation of classic Jamaican dub productions of Lee “Scratch” Perry or Scientist. All the sonic material used on Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante) is derived from a trip the Arthur King collective took to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in rural Utah during the summer of 2017.
Both the instrumentation and environmental sounds were recorded in this remote desert setting and then further processed and rearranged to construct the final musical results. The sounds of dry leaves, dirt, and water meld together with bubbly filtered guitars and droning synth layers to form the contemplative heart of this album.
The Changing Landscapes (Grand Escalante) album is accompanied by a short video piece by the same name that documents the group’s trip as well as the experimental projections of visual artist John Schlue, who generated his imagery from video recordings of the same desert setting and projected it over the musicians as they played.
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