ORGAN THING: Two quietly beautiful musical treats today, The Last Dinosaur making magical things with Lila Tristram and a tape album from Los Angeles composer and sound artist Eric Van Thyne…

A couple of quiet things, a couple of musical treats, I almost want to say two collections of things thar are kind of minimalist but there’s so much to be found in both of them, so much warmth, beautiful detail, depth A set of beautifully intimate compositions, one from London, the other from Los Angeles. Quiet music, that and tape culturte and the art of quietly doing it yourself and a positively unassuming kind of way…

Eric Van Thyne is a music producer, engineer, and composer based in Los Angeles, CA, he’s been performing and recording experimental sound work since 2014. “He takes interest in sonic extremes, oftentimes pushing the limits of an instrument or piece of equipment. This philosophy is present in all of his works, always seeking ways to reinvent and repurpose the tools at his disposal”. This is a very organic sounding album, a warm album, restrained, quiet, unassuming, easy. There’s a rather beautiful glow to Tape One, a sense of something that has all the time in the world to unwind, an almost delicate knowing of where to quietly place each note, each almost whispered sound, everything in just the right place, an understanding of the strength of the slience around the sounds he makes and the tunes he forms.. We’re told “none of the sounds were computer generated, it is composed of emotions inspired by machines, instruments and the ambient noise that permeates the backdrop of Tape 1”.

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“Tape 1 was recorded and mixed on a Tascam 4 track cassette machine in 4 different sittings between May 2021 and June 2022. The music itself is a reflection on the distinct emotional states occurring during the recording of each track: some pieces meditative and others cathartic, all with an underlying visceral tone. Having a physical machine as a vessel to create the music makes the experience more tangible and human. This also means none of the sounds were computer generated, it is composed of emotions inspired by machines, instruments and the ambient noise that permeates the backdrop of Tape 1. No Illusion Pt. I and II were accompanied by musical collaborator Corey Gordon, bringing in another voice to this segmented tape-recording project”.

Eric Van Thyne, as we said up there, “is a music producer, engineer, and composer based in Los Angeles, CA, performing and recording experimental sound work since 2014. His process involves improvisation and experimental sound techniques, combining his engineering background with his deeply rooted musical intuition. Van Thyne’s music can be equally inspired by Strauss orchestral works as it is by Moog synthesizers. He takes interest in sonic extremes, oftentimes pushing the limits of an instrument or piece of equipment. This philosophy is present in all of his works, always seeking ways to reinvent and repurpose the tools at his disposal”.

Meanwhile over here in London, more from the beautiful thing that is The Last Dinosaur…

Lila Tristram and The Last Dinosaur Black and White Memories Ignited by the Scent of Springtime Explode in Colour (Art by Sarah Batchelor)

Lila Tristram and The Last Dinosaur Black and White Memories Ignited by the Scent of Springtime Explode in Colour – A new five track album release on cassette by the Modern Aviation label (A London based tape label that we’re probably going ot have t explore a little more now). Dare I say some of this is a touch Sea Nymphs? Yes, that good!  Less, once again, as so often is the case, is more, and this is very much a case of The Last Dinosaur (quietly) doing  their magical thing again, with the help of some geese and the delight of Autumn birdsong – Untitled (Recollections on the Day We First Met, 25th of May 2019) is just gorgeous, it could be Spring, it could be May, it could be Autumn or Winner, whenever this is it is just exquisitely gorgeous. They say this is “Black and White Memories Ignited by the Scent of Springtime Explode in Colour is a collaboration between vocalist Lila Tristram and musical collective The Last Dinosaur, headed by multi-instrumentalist and composer Jamie Cameron”, far from black and white though, these recordings are rich, they’re alive with so much colour, the voices are just so right in there with the organic instrumentation and the field-sound and the quiet bird song and the hush of it all…  

“These five tracks are built around Tristram’s astonishing spectral vocals and soundscapes conjured by The Last Dinosaur that are simultaneously welcoming, warm, uneasy and gently psychedelic. It’s unlike anything else in the Modern Aviation catalogue to date and we are proud to share it with you”. 

The gentleness, the almost fragile movement of those keys that Golden Thumb is built Upon (while no one is watching), a glowing sketch of a song that really doesn’t need to go anywhere, it really is just about standing in the moments with them, five pieces of  delicate musical treasure. Hey Mother is just so warm, so full bodied, Jamie Cameron has this way of just gathering the most wonderfully creative music makers to paint with him, never quite worked out who The Last Dinosaur is or are? Whoever the collective is, once again this is just beautiful, this is like a crisp walk in the frost of the morning, the mist lifting, the cobwebs white and everything so alive and secretly special and that final track, Untitled (Recollections…) is just perfect.

They say Spring, this sounds and feels so right in the quiet of a cold crisp Sunday afternoon in December., i suspect it would work at any time of the day or year….   The Last Dinosaur

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And yes, we do need to explore the Modern Aviation label a little more

“Look To Imber is the third compilation on Modern Aviation and the 14th release on the label. In it 12 of our favourite artists ruminate on loss, absence and the passage of time through the lens of an abandoned village in Wiltshire…”.

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And then there’s the excellent opening track from Rupert Lally on this one (the first track is as far as I;ve got so far (grwat artwork as well), ohe and the second track from Ben Winter – The second compilation from Modern Aviation (and our seventh release) brings together many of the label’s artists along with friends and influences. Art by Sarah Batchlor agiain

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