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"Higher Art Vol. 1 initiates its trip with the brilliant “Bats & Rainbows II” that rips like a natural force that materializes from the convection patterns seen in the sky. Rumbling & crumbling virtually anything in Swamp Meat’s path, the action arrives to “Not That” that measures distances & people that surmises situations with reiterations of “she’s not that far away…” The journey traverses along a psychotropic path with the road weary cycle of “Snake Eat Self” that imagines mirages & strange visions that bend & bow like the violin strings that comprise the song’s dusty & hazy trail. Matters turn even wilder & weirder with “Death Heads 666” where hundreds of visages of the deceased are imagine materializing as if out of thin air. Swamp Meat then proceeds to cover Thee Oh Sees’ “So Nice”, “Minotaur” & “Invitation” in live renditions where John Dwyer’s & crew’s skronk-laden cult-pop masterpieces are re-tricked to sound like something that could have been birthed during the self-titled/White Light/White Heat era of The Velvet Underground’s 60s career. Swamp Meat returns the album to their original compositions with “East Ghost” that entertains a paranormal instrumental that builds up toward a towering dissonance that hits you when you least expect it to. “Airport Headache” updates Music for Airports with the musical equivalent of emulating a migraine while waiting to board your plane at the terminal gates, right before the live version of “Stork On The Rocks” rips, rocks & rolls like an interstellar overdrive turbine firing out of mind & out of time. All the action builds up toward the penultimate live track of “Harlem Nocturn Freakout” where Swamp Meat casts the shadow of a sun-setting evening overture where the Seattle group ends their album with an ode to the freaks of infinite night." - Impose Magazine
released February 10, 2017
Big thanks to John P. Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees for letting us release their songs and to everyone who contributed to this project.
All songs mastered by, Chris Hanzsek
Bats & Rainbows II recorded/mixed by, Aaron Schroeder
Album art and most songs recorded/mixed by, Daniel Onufer in Seattle, WA
BATS & RAINBOWS II: recorded at BLDGS 1/17/15 by, Aaron Schroeder
Raymond McCoy:Bass, Sean Rail:Drums, Joshua McCormick:Keys
NOT THAT: recorded live at The Court House 4/17/14
SNAKE EAT SELF: recorded live at The Court House 4/17/14
DEATH HEADS 666: recorded at The Court House 2013
D:Most, K:Samples/Pitch Shifting/Feedback/Keys
SO NICE: recorded live at The Heartland 4/19/14
MINOTAUR: recorded live at The Court House 4/17/14
INVITATION: recorded live at The Court House 4/17/14
EAST GHOST: recorded at The Court House 2013-14
D:Most, Austin Larkin:Violin
AIRPORT HEADACHE: recorded in Pullman, WA 2008
STORK ON THE ROCKS: recorded live at The Crocodile 3/2/14 by, Alex Rousso
HARLEM NOCTURNE FREAKOUT: recorded live at The Heartland 9/13/13 by ???