Lately I’ve been blessed with more good music crossing my path than in years. It seems like there is something in the water, a spreading outwards of creative souls who are unafraid to just boldly go for a bigger vision, whether it is the charged warmth of Cynic’s Kindly Bent To Free Us , the studious growth and love in United Progressive Fraternity’s Fall In Love With The World or, in a completely different genre, the work of electronic/DJ/artist MAKJ, a guy who can leap between different entertainer roles with ease while still displaying the talent and vision akin to the posi-spirit of Lotus or even someone crazy (in the best way) like Sun Ra or Kendrick’s love of culture sharing. It’s collage with intellect attached to the fun, knowin’ the roots of each genre (like in the pretty brilliant “Encore” video for the upbeat song with Henry Fong HERE.)
These times call for people who will step up and evolve through limitations in a fast paced communications world, but also for the know how to fish for good outcomes as you sort through the astral plane, complex song arrangements, your beat sample library or whateva your realm of expression may be. Like William Gibson’s Idoru, this is a time of chasing ghost instincts and flashes of inspiration to grasp an ever-advancing mediascape.
WTF does this have to do with White Arms of Athena? Their new song “On The Edge” is another indicator that my gut was right when they set off my cool band radar after first stumbling onto them fairly recently. This group are really chasing that “edge” by pushing their music, melodies and visual aesthetic into new territory (love the kinda Chris Foss reminiscent color scheme of the art). Check out the new track from their Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge) produced Prosthetic Records latest S/T effort, out early December HERE.
It’s a trip worth taking.
Physical pre-orders are currently available at http://prostheticrecords.com/bands/white-arms-of-athena, while digital pre-orders — which include instant download of “On The Edge” and another new track, “Heavy Sleep” — are available from iTunes, Amazon MP3 or Bandcamp.