Release Date: Apr 17, 2012
Record label: Thrill Jockey
As one half of San Francisco’s Barn Owl, Jon Porras is quickly cementing his status in the psych-rock field. The group’s 2011 release, Lost In The Glare, was a towering instrumental affair that firmly points to greater things to come. The duo is restless and prolific, and so it should come as no surprise that they occasionally like to go it alone.
The first thing one must realize about the music of Jon Porras is that it’s indelibly tied to the visual. It’s impossible to listen to his refined, meditative guitar style and not find it evocative enough to conjure vivid mental images of the bleak, unforgiving desert. In fact, through his work as Elm, as one-half of Barn Owl, and under his own name, Porras shows a singular fascination with not simply painting pictures of that solitary, arid landscape, but also animating them.