Release Date: Jul 19, 2011
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock, Space Rock
This made-in-hallucinogenic-heaven collaboration between nocturnal psych giants Eternal Tapestry and drone master Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallones) is not a studied exercise in studio pedantry -- but a recorded in-the-moment live performance that took place in the studio of KVRX in Austin during 2010's South by Southwest. The two acts have a history that goes back to 2007, when Eternal Tapestry shared a stage with Magic Lantern (Stallones' old band) at the Neon Commune Fest in Los Angeles. They played together each time ET made it to Los Angeles, by which time Stallones left ML and began his one-man Sun Araw project.
For the past couple of years, Eternal Tapestry and Sun Araw have been gliding along parallel paths. The Portland-bred space-rock group and the Long Beach-based vibe merchant both skew toward the softer side of psychedelia, using primitivist improvisation and a palette of mellow sounds to generate potent new age zone-outs. Night Gallery, a 40-minute jam session recorded last year for Austin's KVRX FM, brings them together with unsurprisingly trippy results.
Eternal Tapestry and Sun Araw, two separate yet aesthetically contiguous groups committed to exploring the depths of reverb ensconced psychedelic drone, have joined forces to bring you Night Gallery, a minimally edited live performance given for a radio session last year in Austin during SXSW. The beauty of this album is its unhurried and unassuming dedication to performance. Both of these bands translate well from record to venue, as they rely on room sound and interweaving dynamics as opposed to strict song structure.