An astounding work of passion and patience over one thousand hours in the making, Long Beach musician/composer Chris Schlarb
bestows his latest musical vision, Psychic Temple
, onto the world. Known for his work as half of the hypnotic, jazz/drone duo, I Heart Lung
, Schlarb’s latest work expands wildly in new directions, incorporating wordless vocal choirs, string quartets and horn sections into his 29-member ensemble.
’s massive, multilayered debut is born again in a series of specially commisioned remixes. Thavius Beck
chops and screws “Esophagus” while Italian electronic duo Mickey Eats Plastic
reconstruct “Freedom.” Fellow San Francisco-based artists Radius
take completely original turns on their respective remixes while Siamese Sisters
surmount a difficult task in re-approaching the delicate and powerful “Fragrance.” A trio of stunning remixes from Blevin Blectum
and Heezen with Xn.
round out an impressive remix EP.
Recorded in vaulted hill top church, an industrial warehouse, a community center and a living room, up and down the California coast, over the course of five months, ellul
’s self titled debut is surprisingly established. Produced and engineered by Chris Schlarb
the group added his electric guitar to contributions from Adam Garcia
) on drums and Anthony Shadduck
(Nels Cline, I Heart Lung
) on bass.
Dueling live/programmed drum patterns, shimmering guitar distortions and stunning choral harmonies are unearthed upon repeated listens. ellul
have crafted a stunning debut album that reveals heavy doses of progressive electro-acoustic musicianship with each spin.