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Flight of the Solstice Queens

Blue Sausage Infant: Flight of the Solstice Queens (Zeromoon)

Chester Hawkins' long-running BSI project now based in DC, layering groove based (kraut)rock with unearthly sound sources, plundered samples, and all form of unmentionable sound.

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Label: Zeromoon
Catalog ID: ZER010
Squidco Product Code: 13050

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded August 2009-Febuary 2010. Mixed at Intagible Arts, Washington DC. Mastering by Christopher Leary at Melograf Mastering.


Chester Hawkins-Korg MS200B, bass, bowed lapsteel, Moog MG-1, Stylophone, lightbulb guitar, vocals, bulbul tarang, harmonica, loops, shortwave radio, samples, harp...


Michael Shanahan-drums (2, 7)

Jeff Surak-drums

Jason Mullinax-acoustics, percussion (4)

Gary Rouzer-[un]prepared bass, amplified textures (4)

track 5 contains a sample from Marcel by Lida Husik

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"A deep dose of sonic escapism served in a variety of flavors, from the layered drone of pure head music to earthy krautrock grooves, full-on noise, and sound collage. With assistance by Michael Shanahan (Reanimation, drums), Jason Mullinax (Pilesar, percussion & acoustics), Gary Rouzer (of Vector Trio, bass & amplified textures), and Jeff Surak (Violet , other)."-Blue Sausage Infant

"It opens up with a piece of plunderphonica and it ends with a lengthy, multi-layered drone piece. In between we had several krautrock pieces, a noise outing, quiet pieces. It would easy to say that the diversity of this release is a bit too much, but curiously enough it isn't. Its as coherent as listening to a nice alternative radio broadcast (does that exist? certainly not in the Vital-world). Its an entertaining set of music here. Nothing lasts very long as there is even variety inside tracks, such as 'Space'. Here opening with noise, but then a voice comes in and the music tones down to a mild violent ambience. Music that is made with some imagination, and care, and dare. This guy might be all over the place, but he knows what he is doing. An excellent release."-Vital Weekly

"Flight of the Solstice Queens succeeds in inducing a trance-like sensation, even for those who may be less open to non-traditional sounds."

See a review at Further Noise.
Get additional information at BSI Website

Artist Biographies

"Jeff Surak is an experimenter from Washington, DC. He started in the early 80s participating in the international hometaper network. He released his music under the name 1348 on his own Watergate Tapes imprint along with other artists such as Controlled Bleeding, Kapotte Muziek, Odal, and collaborations with John Hudak, Crawling With Tarts, Zan Hoffman and others. Surak also performed and toured with his live unit New Carrollton creating improvised post industrial soundscapes. During the early 1990s Surak spent most of his time living in Russia, where he formed the noise group Sovmestnoye Predpriyatiye (Joint Venture). In the late 90s, Surak returned to recording and live performance with the free music duo v.. After releasing numerous recordings and touring the USA, v. disbanded and Surak focused on solo works under the name of Violet (2).

He has collaborated with such artists as Alexei Borisov, Frans de Waard, Zan Hoffman, Rinus Van Alebeek, and Michael Gendreau. Surak runs the Zeromoon label. From 2005-2018 he directed the annual Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music in Washington DC."

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Track Listing:

1. Gezundheit! 3:45

2. Flight Of The Solstice Queens 6:24

3. Space 7:13

4. Locust Of Control 5:45

5. Radiant Arc 6:13

6. Why You Hate Salamanders 4:09

7. Ashtray Man 6:19

8. The Sentimental Communist 12:16

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