Spots in the Sun CD
First edition of 50 released: January 2, 2007 SOLD
Second edition of 400 release date: February 20, 2007
The second edition of Spots in the Sun is now
available at a cost of $13.00.
Matt Shoemaker pulled his chin away from his hand after
several ponderous moments, positing that the title to
this electrically charged opus of encrypted drone holds
at least two entry points. The most obvious reference
for Spots in the Sun would be the astrophysical
study of sunspots with all of the allusions to earthly
disturbances triggered by events millions of miles away.
Yet, on the other hand, Shoemaker also proposed an earthbound
reference to regions of the world that only exist –
perhaps literally, perhaps psycho-geographically –
under the intense glare of sunlight. He then shrugged
his shoulders, hoping for an ideal situation in which
his audience will confront his work as a vacuum and allow
personal references to be drawn from within.
In simplest terms, Spots in the Sun is a grotesque,
sonic landscape with details exaggerated out of proportion
and narratives folded upon themselves in a magnificent
abstraction of electro-acoustics, rarified field recordings,
and particulate matter plucked from ether. Shoemaker works
in monochrome, shaping his gray tonalities into rhizomes
of shadow which occasionally erupt in brilliance of hyper-realized
clarity. While the familiar sounds of encircling birds,
turbulent weather, and temple bells litter Shoemaker's
recordings, the sonic topography describes a vulgar and
hostile landscape where fits of delirium and circadian
arrhythmia are common human responses. Shoemaker achieves
these complex metaphors through labyrinthine drones spiralling
through irradiated fog and glassine vibrations, punctured
by the scars of a landscape in perpetual revolt. In many
ways, Shoemaker's Spots in the Sun could be mistaken
for Bernard Parmegiani at his most focused or even John
Duncan at his most gracefully brutal.
Shoemaker has two previous recordings for Bernhard Günter's
seminal Trente Oiseaux label of lowercase sound, and he
currently resides in Seattle.
The first edition of Spots in the Sun features
corroded brass artwork and is limited to 50 copies. While
this version is out of print, a second edition with letterpress
artwork was published soon thereafter.