In 2017, Hawaiian archivists Aloha Got Soul released A Retrospective, introducing me and many others to ambient starmaster and spiritual healer Robert ÆOLUS Myers. Existing within the broader new age tradition though also standing apart from it, ÆOLUS’ music is borne of deep communion with nature and the exploratory possibilities of electronic synthesis, with fluttering arpeggiations, dreamwave sequences, and ethnological rhythms supporting cloudform symphonies and mystical flute improvisations.
For entire review go here.
Maybe long winded but here we go.
Jeremy and I started off talking about your music where it comes from then future seeing of it, all in combining something intrinsically Hawaiian with something new and other worldly. So the first side of the art work represents Hawaii through the Molokini crater, I liked this since it is something distinctly Hawaiian but created from something that literally came from another world. The next side is Pluto, I chose that as a representation of the further “place” or heavenly body music has travelled via the Golden Record on Voyager. So the whole thing is about this space and journey between the two, hence both are removed from their actually context and places onto a new textural non-place, and both are digitally treated to show this isn’t depiction of these places but just a representation or simulation of them.
The line work then is something I’ve been playing with for awhile but is inspired by stick charts old very localized and personalised way of navigating a space, mostly used to navigate bodies of water. So they represent you, me, any listener, our ways of understating and navigating this space between Molokini and Pluto, that stimulative non-space your music and the reworking of your music has created.
The idea of Talisman comes more in the 3rd release which is coming, where the artwork is more about us the listeners, it’s about the vessel and having made that trip. So it’s back in Hawaii, in the water like a shuttle that just came back to earth, it’s us having gone to Pluto and back and with it brought back these gems or talismans, it’s what we’ve gained from listening to the music.
Andy Cowan [@vinylslam] illustrates his musical wisdom and generates a flattering and informed review of Talisman for the June issue of MOJO Magazine.
Talisman, the double vinyl LP, is available directly from Origin Peoples, assorted distributors, and retail record stores and digitally wherever you purchase or stream your music.
Mahalo Nui Loa to Andy and MOJO Magazine for the Love.
I keep a chest of the myths of myself unlocked at the foot of the bed. I toss memories of things from the night into it upon my waking, as they are shadowed and long to be taken up at another dreaming.
Questions about a playground over thirty and forty years past have recently come up and I am doing my best to wipe the sleep from my eyes.
I recall volcanoes, forests, dancers, players, theatres, rehearsals, and more over many an acquaintance and a host of loves and lovers. We were all so stirred and most fulfilled when we were offering our gifts and talismans to the guest.
It was fringe, playful, in-side-out, up-side-down, and breathtakingly ineffable.
I dwelt there for a time and in my sleeping visit there to the point of distraction, trying to make sense of it as an undigested dream.
Fact Music News has voted ÆOLUS: A Retrospective as its 12th best re-release for 2017.
“If, like us, you’ve been losing yourself in the technicolor paradise of Björk’s recent Utopia album and need a wider selection of synth-and-flute pairings in your life, these two collections of vintage ambience will be right up your alley. This retrospective of Hawaiian composer and musician Robert “Aeolus” Myers compiles choice cuts from his four long unavailable private press albums and offers an illuminating portrait of one of Honolulu’s leading new age practitioners.
“Aeolus moves from epic Vangelis-style synthscapes to vaporous seances, then takes a left turn into sultry bedroom funk. It’s completely magnificent once you adjust yourself to the bright sound palette and opens the door for future explorations by Aloha Got Soul into Hawaii’s environmental/new age music scene.”
Still available through Aloha Got Soul’s Bandcamp site.
One night back in 2014, Bong was browsing the ambient blog and record label Sounds of the Dawn when he came across ÆOLUS’ ethereal second album, Rays. Digging further, he realized that Global Pacific, the New Age label that originally released the record, was once based in Hawaii.
Bong got the phone number for Robert Myers—the man behind ÆOLUS—from Sounds of the Dawn and, over the next two years, the Bong and Myers collaborated on a comprehensive retrospective of Myers’ four solo works, including 1982’s Aeolian Melodies, 1985’s Rays, 1989’s The Magician and 1993’s High Priestess. The result is a 13-track magnum-opus: ÆOLUS: A Retrospective.
Thank you Jason Black for such a wonderful article. For the full article go here.
In 2014 Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul, blog turned record label, contacted Robert to inquire about the origin of the album RAYS. Their discussions and ultimate collaboration culminated in the Release of ÆOLUS: A Retrospective.
For the full article go here.
As the great John Cleese once said: “And Now For Something Completely Different.” Hawaiian-based label Aloha Got Soul‘s next release is certainly a little left-of-centre from their usual output since being founded in 2010 by Roger Bong. Recorded in Hawaii some 30 years ago, Robert ÆOLUS Myers album RAYS is unlike anything you’ve heard before from Aloha Got Soul and it’s utterly brilliant.
“Epic, ethereal, and electronic, RAYS is the foundation upon which built his body of work. We wish we could say that RAYS carved a new path for electronic music in Hawaii upon its initial release, but the fact is so few people ever had the chance to hear it. Until now.” Roger Bong
Aloha Got Soul is currently working on a 2LP retrospective of music by Robert ÆOLUS Myers, to be followed by the first-ever vinyl pressing of RAYS.
Thank you Twisted Soul for the great article.