A soundtrack of sorts, organized from improvised recordings between Boxhead Ensemble leader Michael Krassner and Adam Busch (Manishevitz, Sonoi) and Wil Hendricks (Califone, Simon Joyner, Lofty Pillars, etc), creative and immersive music to get lost in.
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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS011
Squidco Product Code: 20592
Recorded in Arizona.
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1. The Conquerors
2. Wandering Sky
3. El Chico
4. Long Shadow
5. Cats Cup
1. Middle Fork
3. You and Me
4. Golden Mitre
7. Spinning Top
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Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
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"Michael Krassner is a musician you've most likely heard but you probably haven't realized it. Krassner has been composing music under the Boxhead Ensemble (as well as many other outlets) since 1991 and although releases have been somewhat sparse - with releases in the late 90's and early 00's on Atavistic, and most recently their LP on Hired Hand last year - we at Astral Spirits couldn't be more excited and proud to present yet another installment in the Boxhead Ensemble discography.
Boxhead Ensemble has featured an ever rotating line-up since it's beginning, which has included such notables as Edith Frost, David Grubbs, Tim Rutili, Glenn Kotche, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim O'Rourke, Doug McCombs, Will Oldham, Scott Tuma, Mick Turner, Ken Vandermark and Jim White. Krassner has been the only consistent member. Boxhead Ensemble has generally been an outlet of music to accompany film and although there may not be an actual film for La Hora Magica (if someone wants to make said film please let me know) the music suggests more beyond what is present - this is music to get lost in, or forget that it's even on, in the best possible way.
The track "Cats Cup" takes a simple guitar loop that sounds like it was recorded on a beach and then adds layers of guitar, bass, violin and keyboards. Nothing ever overtakes the guitar loop, yet sometimes it's hard to remember that the loop is there and sometimes it's hard to hear anything beyond the guitar loop. From what I know some of this music was recorded over a weekend when Adam Busch (Manishevitz, Sonoi) and Wil Hendricks (Califone, Simon Joyner, Lofty Pillars, etc) were visiting Krassner and the improv was then shaped and manipulated into the tracks you have before you. La Hora Magica is yet another incredible addition to the Boxhead Ensemble discography that hopefully will continue for another 20 years or more. Krassner and company never seem to tire of ideas and we are all the better for it."-Astral Spirits