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"The move by Millions Brazilians from one side of the country to another left a sizable hole in the experimental music community of Portland, Oregon. But while our loss is the gain of their new home in Maine, they thankfully didn’t stay quiet for very long. Last year saw the release of the expansive and enrapturing album Poderoso Monicato on the band’s own Psychic Sounds label, which meshed space jazz with the trance-inducing rhythms of African and SE Asian music. 2016 promises to be even busier for the band, with much more music on the way, starting with the limited cassette release Slip Enchantments.
The new work, captured in the Northwest at Olympia’s famed Dub Narcotic studio and the band’s own Hive Studio, maintains the hypnotic entanglements of their previous work while adding in some welcome intrusions of noise and some horror movie soundtrack atmospherics. Just listen to how “A Coin Set Upon Crossed Roads” creaks to life like a Golem finding its balance before slowly breaking into an elegant ndlamu, urged on by Suzanne Stone’s wild vocals, the drums of James Shaver, and the unholy scrape of guest player Idaho Joe Windslow’s gongtar.
The flipside - the three movement “Triple Torch” - takes the opposite tack, bouncing into the world with a dangerously charming grin and the jangle of metal on metal before the second section wheezes into view through the skein of hair-raising reed work via Corum and friend of the Brazilians Arrington de Dionyso on contrabass clarinet. It’s not necessarily relaxing or calming. It’s more like setting a steady buzz into your medulla oblongata to facilitate the flow of blood to your extremities. You’ll feel alive and tingling and fully aware. Get a cassette deck that will play both sides in a loop to better facilitate the immersive experience of Slip Enchantments. Your mind and body will thank you for it." - Robert Hamm, Experimental Portland