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Coultrain: Phantasmagoria (577 Records)

West Coast songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Coultrain, aka Aaron Michael Frison or Seymour Liberty, in an collection of songs based around a sequence of images reminiscent of a dream, capturing the hazy state of mind that drove the process behind this album, as well as its dreamy effect; soulful and introspective, an album of poetic observation and reflection.

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UPC: 755491193129

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: PEREC002_CD
Squidco Product Code: 30141

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at The Gallery, on October 31st, 2019, the artist.


A.M. Frison-composer, performer

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Artist Biographies:

Aaron Michael Frison, aka A.M. Frison, Coultrain, Seymour Liberty was born in St. Louis, MO and is based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a member of Soul Tyde, Hawthorne Headhunters, Bottle Tree, Noble Metal, and his own Coultrain.

"He's been called a poet, shaman and musical revolutionary. Born the only son of a Baptist preacher and registered nurse in St. Louis, Aaron Michael Frison, known to the public as Coultrain, was exposed to a multitude of musical genres starting with gospel, then from Blues to Jazz. He also cites cultural influences as wide ranging as James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac and Stevie Wonder.

A surprise to some, Coultrain penned the majority of PPP's (formerly Platinum Pied Pipers) acclaimed album Abundance (2008), as well as performing the subsequent Abundance tour both domestically and internationally.

He self-released his first LP The Adventures of Seymour Liberty(JuJu Dust/P-Vine) in the fall of 2007, and received a positive reception from critics and fans of the Soul music's underground. In early 2010, Coultrain released a 7" inch through Recordbreakin' titled The Wanderer / Balancing Act. Coultrain's latest release, GodMustBeABoogieMan the EP was released online (August 2010) to the same acclaim as his previous musical efforts."

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track listing:

1. St. Solitude 1:33

2. A Very Moment 4:29

3. The Straw Man 2:41

4. The Pact 3:23

5. The Essentials 3:55

6. The Fall 4:02

7. Phantasmagoria 3:47

8. Counterfeit 3:30

9. A Trip To War 3:34

10. A Letter 2:31

11. Famous 3:34
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"Coultrain's Phantasmagoria is firmly embedded in the Soul tradition, built on muted keyboards and overlaid with his assured, smooth voice-but departs with re-worked percussion and fresh, electronic experimentation. The title refers to a sequence of images reminiscent of a dream, and captures the hazy state of mind that drove the process behind this album, as well as its dreamy effect.

A.M. Frison, the poet-filmmaker-musician behind the one-man band Coultrain, explores his innermost self through these compositions, drawing from the wide variety of musical influences that have shaped his creative sensibility who he describes as "the illustrious composers of jazz, the soul singers who own 'soul' in itself, the funk that resonates in dark times." Phantasmagoria, a masterful interpretation of Frison's most influential genres and his own introspective reflection, is avant soul at its best."-Positive Levation

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