Brainworlds / Plosive Split 12″
Mason Brown’s Brainworlds project has been killing it over the past two years with a string of absolutely solid releases. A master of the epic, celestial journey via processed guitar. For his side of the split, and his first foray onto vinyl, Brown contributes a track called “Heliopause.” “Heliopause,” is a 15-minute blissed out ride through the amniotic fluid. Warm, hazy swells of sound coming through from the other side. Undulating towards the vast beyond. A champagne sunrise on the escalator ride to heaven. If you believe in that kind of shit of course. For any nerds familiar with Valis or Radio Free Albemuth, this is the stuff I want to be listening to when that pink laser hits my brain. Plosive is Chris Bracco. Although mostly known for his remix work, this marks the second release of Bracco’s solo compositions under the Plosive moniker. Bracco’s pieces reflect a wide range of experimental influences and sensibilities. From ambient-drone calisthenics to the influence of minimalist composers like Arvo Part and Rhys Chatham. “Between 8:00 and 8:30” builds on a persistent vibrating bass-hum over which sparse piano melodies and synth washes rise and fall in a slow call and response. “The Bubble Machine” combines shimmering guitar slices with some fuzzy synth gurgles punctuated by fast rising walls of treated backwards piano. All eventually intertwining like branches in a dense forest ceiling. Prepare to float away with two sides of extreme healing. 250 hand-numbered copies in jackets.
A1 / Heliopause
B1 / Between 8:00 & 8:30
B2 / The Bubble Machine
259 Total Copies
250 Numbered Copies
9 Marked Promo Copies
5 Test Pressings
Permanent Records / Chicago:
"If you dig Eno's ambient works, early kosmische musik, a touch of Expo 70, and floaty dreamscape sound collage then you are gonna love this magnificent split album. It even passed the "sounds good on 45 OR 33" test. The These Are Not Records folks have pressed up a winner in the extremely small amount of 250 copies and as you can probsbly tell by now this comes with our highest RECOMMENDATION!"
The Radiant Now:
"More top notch work from Mason Brown’s Brainworlds project. One fifteen minute track filled with epic guitar soundscapes. Plosive provides two tracks filled with deep drones and treated piano.
"Containing two long and expansive drones, the latest split LP from These are Not Records, features the sounds of Brainworlds and Plosive, both artists proving to be excellent sonic manipulators. Like watching the sea roll into the shore, ‘Heliopause’ is an aching slow-motion drone of blissful proportions, bathing the listener in softly pulsating sounds as Brainworlds (Mason Brown) improvises on guitar to amazing effect, just lie back and dream, whilst on the other side Plosive (Chris Bracco) takes thing into space on the velvet dust cloud of ‘Between Eight and Eight Thirty’, a rising drone that oscillates with emotion, gentle notes twinkling amongst the waves of sound, the piece making way, with a fading bass note, for ‘The Bubble Machine’, a darker rush of sonic energy that engulfs the room when played nice and loud. Taken together this LP is a perfect thing, both artists complementing each other, a definite for the drone lover in your life."