Porras, Jon / Black Mesa
Album: Black Mesa   Collection:General
Artist:Porras, Jon   Added:May 2012
Label:Thrill Jockey Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-05-26 Pull Date: 2012-07-29 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Jul 29 Jul 22 Jul 15 Jul 8 Jul 1 Jun 24 Jun 17 Jun 10
Airplays: 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 13, 2022: Reckless Burning (rebroadcast from Feb 18, 2017)
Into The Black Mesa
4. Feb 18, 2017: Reckless Burning
Into The Black Mesa
2. Mar 05, 2020: Being as an ocean
Candlelight Mirage
5. Apr 01, 2015: minimum entropy
Into Midnight
3. Mar 04, 2017: Reckless Burning
Candlelight Mirage
6. Sep 11, 2014: Maximum Coalescence
Into Midnight

Album Review
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Reviewed 2012-05-25
One half of local dronesters Barn Owl

Perfectly named. This could easily be a soundtrack to one of Cormac McCarthy's books. Bleak barren desert scrub land. Restrained and brooding, yet inexplicably appealing. Its spirit lies hidden behind countless veils of mystery, yet it beckons you to come forward and find it.. Hypnotic and haunting. My words can't do justice to the dark solitary beauty of this album.

1. (9:25) A piece in three parts. Long tired cowboy gait. Turns solitary and sparse, introspective. Suddenly a rolling gait comes out of nowhere, guitars pick up momentum and wail

2. (6:01) More drone and guitar - early evening dusky stillness. Fake out at -2:30. Layers and layers and layers of quiet guitar haze

3. (5:31) Heart wrenching then picks up only to drone out

4. (5:23) Subtle wailing guitars, overlaid rhythms then drone and tired gait returns

5. (5:47) Quiet, insects chirping, picks up towards the end

6. (8:53) Quiet intro, slow subtle wailing guitar, 5 min through picks up into something that's almost catchy

7. (6:53) Mystic humming, jingling bells, feedback wall then the theme outros

Track Listing
1. Into Midnight   4. Desert Flight
2. Blue Crescent Vision   5. Embers At Dusk
3. Candlelight Mirage   6. Into The Black Mesa
  7. Beyond The Veil