MEDITATIVE SECT is a new project that finds the existing incestuous partnering of creative minds becoming even more incestuously tangled toward the next logical degree of collaboration. Brent Eyestone and Graham Scala not only make up half of the punk band FORENSICS, but also moonlight with solo works under AUGHRA and VENTOUX respectively. All three entities release music under Eyestone’s Magic Bullet label. Mike Haley and Sean Connolly collaborate under the BLOWN DOORS moniker, with Haley moonlighting as WETHER, and Connolly drumming in PYRAMIDS. BLOWN DOORS tends to release material on Haley’s 905 Tapes label, while the other projects are released across several labels. Additionally, Eyestone and Haley are bandmates under the decidedly dark and terrifying BIG CHINA & LITTLE TROUBLE partnering, with numerous releases on both Magic Bullet and 905 Tapes.
Now then, if you take all four of these men and put them in a room filled to the rafters with pump organs, guitars, circuit-bent electronics, stacks of SUNN amps, hand-built effects boxes, and vintage recording gear, you get MEDITATIVE SECT, a beast unlike any of the above.
Early moments of experimentation were captured, documented, and released via the Uneasy Coexistence album (2×3″ CD on Magic Bullet, cassette on 905 Tapes) in 2008. The most recent sessions bring us to Laceration Points, the band’s first true full length. Exclusively being released on vinyl LP, Laceration Points captures an intense and focused experiment in both sound and mood, of which there is virtually no distinction upon playback.
Album opener “Eviscerate the Anaconda (Pre-Colonial Retrospection)” initially eases into the listener’s atmosphere like a thick fog over water; rolling and sprawling, yet deliberate. As the album opens up and delves deeper, the sound becomes something along the lines of an ominous or even menacing beauty. Think a drumless SIGUR RÓS at home in Iceland while Eyjafjallajokull rains volcanic ash across the European continent. Sure, it’s awe-inspiring and uplifting in a dark way, but you’re still not sure if it’s safe to leave the house when it’s over.
Recorded and mixed by the band themselves, sleeved in a stunning 3-color silkscreened chipboard jacket drawn and hand-built by Eyestone, Laceration Points is the perfect companion for those nights and early mornings where one truly wants to be alone.
Mp3: “Eviscerate the Anaconda (Pre-Colonial Retrospection)”
LP issued August 10, 2010
LP pressing info:
1st pressing: 150 on purple marble vinyl with handscreened 3-color covers. Hand-numbered.