Grounding through grounding: the debut P X A full-length S P A C E S is a gut level sounding board of the creative thoughts and emotions of Astro Nautico co-founder Paul Jones.
The P X A project is about regeneration. Over the course of four years, Jones archived intimate experimental recordings he had previously abandoned. By sculpting a web of finished fragments Jones discovered wild tangles of roots forming knots and suggestive patterns. Ghosts emerged through static media, some friendly, some eremitic. Fleeting images of different pasts found harmony in disharmony, beauty in the uncanny. Refracted through a cascade of nostalgia and disorientation, tied only loosely to their origins in space-time, sun-warped auditory holograms appeared and disappeared into nothingness.
The music of P X A is both absorption and reflection of the World. The petroelectric death hum of global capitalism hangs heavy in the air around 60Hz. Inverted tape-hiss weaves in and out of the highs, a fleeting (impossible?) leap over and under resurfacing realities, the concrete of field recordings and the spirited ephemera of (re)imagined memories/melodies. Moments of profound dissociation linger and fade into the sublime, trading dread for a supreme peace.
For those seeking time out to feel feelings and think thoughts about permanent impermanence, Astro Nautico is thrilled to release P X A on cassette and digital media.
Note: In solidarity with those for whom the freedom to explore space has been denied, proceeds from this release will benefit U.S. prison abolitionist organization Critical Resistance.
released March 23, 2018
Instruments: AM/FM radio, cello, electric bass, circuit-bent Casio, theremin, microphone.
Original music produced, written and recorded by P X A.
I probably wouldn't have listened to this without the context of it being about dementia, but even without that context, this is a real work of art. The distorted big-band samples create a sound that starts out nostalgic, and becomes disturbing and confused, then fades into emptiness, but is enthralling all the way through. Stage 4 is my favorite, simultaneously defying musical logic and upholding it. Ivan Stanton