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Nolan Potter

Music Is Dead

    Nolan Potter is putting us home recording freaks to shame. We had a year of global pandemic to lay out our grand ideas and the sum total of most artists “quar-riffs” wouldn’t push the constraints of a normal band practice (gosh, remember those?)

    Nolan Potter, in the meantime, has quietly painted us a beatific masterpiece that veers from the whimsical to the wigged out, deftly weaving an untamed tapestry of sound all the while archly commenting on the present musician’s predicament - and he did it alone. No drum machine clattering in the background amidst tape hiss and 4 track grime here - this is a fully realized, insanely well played, full on rock record that might even one-up his first LP for us, last year’s excellent Nightmare Forever.

    The guy’s got more chops than a beauticians’ college across a wide array of instruments - no small feat, and easily overlooked when you leave the lyric sheet and credits on the dining room table. That the songs travel far, wide, up, down, backwards, and gamely spill out over the 5 minute mark with exceptionally loose interludes and diversions is just another marvel in this carnival of aural delights. It’s a gem of a record!

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. One Eye Flees Aquapolis
    2. Stubborn Bubble
    3. Gregorian Chance

    Side B
    4. Holy Scroller
    5. Preeminent Minds
    6. Music Is Dead

    FLEXI:
    1. Overture For A Short Film

    Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band

    Nightmare Forever

      “Nightmare in name only, the inspiration runs white-hot with this one—the wizard’s gaze cast over a distant landscape, bits of ash and motes of incinerated earth float in the air, the smell of ozone and fried metal sting the villager’s noses...“But hope’s bell rings eternal! A flower of beauty is standing up in the sole ray of sun, the clouds are withering away, retreating back to dark cloaks behind crusted-over frost-fractal windows. Darkness cannot usurp the crown, light is king and will eliminate the darkness, chase it out of the unfathomable corners and brush away the webs of evil...remnant factions will always remain but they will be hunted with pure magical riffage. “These are the peak and valleys of the mighty Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band, conceptual in feel and flow, a lovely lilting ride and then, up through the floor boards, a warrior incants into the frothing night a huge band, heavy and tumultuous like a war machine rumbling thru the ash, clearing the way for folks to continue their idyll. Dreamy and lucid keys, strings, drum corps, slippery guitar and buff bass, ripe flutes and breezy vocals. For fans of Embryo, the Mothers, Pink Floyd, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Moody Blues, the Stark Reality, and Placebo. They’re from Austin, Texas, but you’d swear it’s from 1972 Europa-Mothership. Like their vodka, it surpasses expectations and fucking crushes.”

      —John Dwyer

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Jagged time signatures and soaring progressive melodies are wrought out of a solid core of momentous hypnotic guitar lines and a psychedelic soup of reverb and distortion. A (not surprisingly) off-kilter outing from the ever reliable Castle Face and a scintillating listen.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Nightmare Theme
      2. Caberfae Peaks
      3. Elf Curse
      4. Seahorse Retreat
      5. Pity In The City
      6. Dosing The President
      7. Donny’s Trip
      8. Singing A Single Song Of Satan
      9. A Wizard Of The Wind
      10. Nightmare Forever


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