I’ve always wanted to do a record that pulled heavily from the deepest crevices of Brandon Evans’ mind. I met Brandon in late 1999 or so and always appreciated his take on artistic expression, be it on canvas, on a record, or simply in the act of performance itself… He’s just always given 100% and gone beyond what most people put forth in these capacities. And while I’ve issued records he’s played on over the years with pg.99, I’d had yet to put out a “full-immersion” Brandon record. This all changes with Moondrifts, the first proper full length from his current project GHASTLY CITY SLEEP, a band he does with friends C.B. Houck, Matt Boyle, and now Ryan Parrish (who I’ve released music for under the YEARS and SUPPRESSION banners). Over a year in the laborious making, it’s finally available for all to experience. The music is a highly evolved step forward from their 12″ debut and finds the band stepping into that rare air of actually creating their own sound. This is one of those records where you could make a list of what it “kinda” sounds like, but then your buddy would be all “whoa, whoa, whoa… Sade?” So yeah, best to let the music speak for itself on this one.
Visually, this one is a doozy. Gatefold LP packaging hit with a matte finish base, then topped with metallic bronze, and spot UV varnish to give it a rather insane texture. You can FEEL the little wolf-y fox-y thing on the cover. Inside are printed dust sleeves featuring insanely meticulous typesetting and paintings that literally took months to complete.
This is not a “record it over the weekend, lay it out in Illustrator Tuesday night” kind of album. You’ll understand why this took over a year to produce when you set your eyes and ears on it.
Mp3: “Seven (33 Leagues)”
2xLP issued: October 12, 2010