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.
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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.