THE MAST: “Wild Poppies” by Matt Mowatt.

ALBUM REVIEW:
THE MAST
“WILD POPPIES”
by Matt Mowatt
RELEASES: June 21, 2011
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CD RELEASE SHOW:
THURS, JULY 7, 2011 @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, 7PM
CD RELEASE SHOW, get tix HERE


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I had always thought that the djembe was an instrument solely relegated to the living room of a stoned and nude Matthew McConaughey. To the sandal clad college kid; or perhaps set in the corner of some ecologically sound mansion as a decorative gesture of cultural awareness. It’s refreshing to have one’s stereotypes shattered. The Mast’s new album Wild Poppies -and their djembe- did just that.

The ethereal vocals of Haale, whose riffs conjure scenes of panoramic deserts, compliment the unfolding complexity of Matt Kilmer’s poly-rhythmic drumming (using not only the djembe, but also a frame drum a bass drum, a floor tom, and cymbals) and invoke a sort of blooming, colorful landscape of layers, organically grown. I think of a toned down Kills, a hyperactive (or perhaps simply active) Mazzy Star, a straightforward Blonde Redhead. In spite of these comparisons, and in a music world saturated with tuned glossy duos, The Mast has carved out a niche all their own, weaving together a sound both simulated and organic.

Song titles like “The Lake” and “Hummingbird,” and lyrics such as “gold dust of the sun has settled, brightens my mind,” or “rolling over the reeds, rolling over mounds of earth, from my head to feet, oh land, the grand masseuse,” reinforce the earthiness of the sound. Despite the fact that the cover art, a fractal image of poppies grown in the band’s backyard, invites the psychedelic, to label their music as simply psychedelic, electronic or rock/pop would be off the mark. Much like their self-proclaimed symbol, The Mast’s strength lies in its ability to merge the best of all three in symbiotic sound.

WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER. 

The Mast will play THURS, JULY 7, 2011 @ Le Poisson Rouge for the release of their album “Wild Poppies.”

ABOUT MATT MOWATT: Matthew Mowatt is currently working as a freelance editor and English teacher in Paris, France. He’s  searching for publishers to accept his first finished novella and in the meantime, he seeks out musicians and writers for entertainment of the inspirational kind. He occasionally contributes to his own fanless blog (fairweather chronicles) when he’s licked by life.

THE 22 VOL: 1 ONLINE NOW!

Well folks, it’s finally here. The first issue of The 22 in all it’s beautiful, gritty, hard wonness and I for one am glad to see it foisted upon the world. For the moment it is available to view on ISSUU and this evening I’ll have everything embedded so the tentacles of publication stretch far and wide. There are some amazing artists in here, and their words and pictures are now all yours. Over the next couple of months I’ll be shining a spotlight on each of these artists and telling you the story of why the were chosen to be one of the 22.(Look for a special post tomorrow morning as well, introducing you to the 22.)

Lots of very cool things coming up in the following months as well, including video interviews and some really terrific events involving the contributors.

Thanks again to all the folks that made this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you…and you….and definitely you.

 

Event photos online now.

Samantha Kostmayer-Sulaiman reads at The 22 Show/Release Party April 10th
at Cafe Orwell

We hosted our first two events this past weekend and boy did we have fun!
Although things were a bit haphazard after a great game of musical venue’s we were thrilled to see all of you in the same room.
We hope you enjoyed yourselves and that you will come visit the future events we will be hosting throughout the year (including an upcoming reading on May 15th with one of 2011’s “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize winners!)

In the meantime all the photos are up online and video (and very likely more photos) will be coming very soon!

VIEW PHOTOS HERE.

AND if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the state of things to come with a preview for VOL 1!

THANK YOU ALL!

The 22 Show TONIGHT at 7pm.

22 show tonight at 7. We’re heading out to start hanging this beautiful work and warm up that old projector. Soon to arrive music and other fun.

Come have a coffee or drink and spend a relaxing Sunday eve with us, salon style.

READINGS FROM:
ERIN SNYDER
STEVE DALACHINSKY
EDGAR OLIVER
SAMANTHA KOSTMAYER SULAIMAN
DOLORES ALFIERI

SHORT FILMS FROM:
TOBIAS STRETCH
MICHAEL BABIN

MAX EVRY
JEFF BURNS
BEN GERSTEIN/GARTH STEVENSON

ART FROM:
ERIC ZBOYA
JOHN JENNISON
DOUGLAS PIERRE BAULOS
KATHERINE TZU-LAN MANN
ADRIEAN AUGUSTE KOLERIC

ALAN BIGELOW

MUSIC FROM:
THREEFIFTY DUO

DIRECTIONS TO CAFE ORWELL:
L TRAIN TO MORGAN GET OUT
ON THE BOGART SIDE AND WALK SOUTH
ON BOGART TO VARET, TAKE A RIGHT ON VARET

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=cafe+orwell&fb=1&gl=us&hq=cafe+orwell&hnear=New+York%2C+NY&cid=0%2C0%2C18173292552013041621&ei=LqGWTdbGEfKw0QGAzdzoCw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=5&ved=0CDUQnwIwBA

Kikkerland from Ben Gerstein.