Robert ÆOLUS Myers, fresh off the release of Talisman produced by Origin Peoples, his second retrospective LP in two years, will play a three hour ambient performance in the Courtyard of the Ocean Gate Plaza during August’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., August 2nd.
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.
About time to start teasing out a triple-vinyl project that’s been in the works for over 2 years now – TALISMAN: a retrospective and re-interpretative celebration of the work of American musician Robert ÆOLUS Myers.
A key figure in Hawaii’s groundbreaking new age movement of the 1980s and early 90s, the varied compositions collected for this release have been informed by Myers’ classical training, spiritual pursuits and study of ethno-musicology.
Featuring original tracks and reworks by:
DJ Normal 4
Lieven Martens Moana
FIT Siegel featuring Madteo
Available mid-April via Origin Peoples
For the original instagram post go here.
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.
After years of being out of print, The Magician, which was digitally recorded to DAT and released on cassette in 1989, has been remastered and re released digitally on CD Baby. Currently available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. Enjoy this first DIY Dragon Production release post recording for Global Pacific Records.