#Trending in the World of Mike: Pauline Anna Strom – Trans-Millenia Music

A supreme “new age” release, tho actually that’s not an accurate label cuz this is just great electronic music. Lots of synths in the World of Mike right now, what w/ Mother Earth’s Plantasia by Mort Garson, The Expanding Universe by Laurie Spiegel, etc., etc. Well, this 2xLP retrospective of ethereal artist Pauline Anna Strom’s entire career just might “take the cake.” Sorry, I’ve been told I shd avoid clichés like the plague in my writing, but as you can see I can’t even get through this sentence w/o ‘em. Trans-Millenia Music is celestial sounds; if you saw the words ~new age~ at the top of this paragraph & thought that’s not yr bag (tho it shd be, tbh) I encourage u to scope this collection anyway ‘cause it’s excellent by any standard. It’s not the cheapest, but the digital is not too much higher than the typical pricepoint for an LP – especially since this is 2 of ‘em, + a pair of digital-only bonus tracks.

One of the tracks is literally called “Mushroom Trip”. I’ve never indulged, but this music sounds to me exactly like the visual stimuli I would see from kneading my eye-orbs instead of paying attention in church – definitely an unhealthy thing to do, but hey, I was a kid. Kind of the same thing as a mushroom trip, right? When you’re a kid, you got a natural high. I’ve been told I have one as an adult… Well, just call me Major Tom (haha), ‘cause I’m lost in space over this release – DANGER, DANGER! [[ALERT:]] ABSOLUTE RIPPERS. Cop it over on Pauline’s Bandcamp. If you’re a size small t-shirt & loaded w/ cash, you can grip it w/ a dope t-shirt – wd be a killer combo w/ the awesome Mort Garson shirt(s) associated w/ the Plantasia release.

#Trending in the World of Mike: Guerilla Toss – Twisted Crystal

Based on the fractal evolution of their sound & the cover art of previous LP GT Ultra you might be forgiven for thinking these heads have been dosing on acid every single day since the release of their first LP Gay Disco, one of several releases graced w/ the prog-a-licious visual art of underground visionary Keith Rankin who remixed their tunes in 2016 on the mind-bending, bouncy Giant Claw VS Guerilla Toss except this review is about Twisted Crystal – but that’s not true, your music [or art in general] doesn’t bleed into an adjacent layer of consciousness like this through non-stop substance use – instead, it takes non-stop practice. These cats’ chops are tight, & the vibes are out of control on this LP, so much that it pummels my brain into alien goo & I’m stone sober every moment I can help it. As usual, you can grip the physical + digital in one integrated swoop over on Bandcamp, where a significant chunk of everything interesting in music is happening right now:

Gimme the Toss!

File this in your record collection next to Interventions & Ege Bamyasi as jam band music for the cognoscenti. I love it when a band or artist jumps ahead w/ virtually everything they put out, & Twisted Crystal is this outfit’s best yet. The whole thing goes down so smooth, it’s 30 minutes long – I wish it were longer! – but feels like 15 cuz time flies when yer having fun. Yeah, it does sound like disco; on Alpha Centauri. Maybe in the alternate timeline of Bernie’s America the government uses this music to reprogram people, but not to thought-control them but free their minds – so their ass will follow. Guerilla Toss have been putting out full-lengths every single year since I first discovered them, & my DNA quivers at what psychedelic recombinations might be in store for it in the time to come. So take a Chill Pill & bliss out. Guerilla Toss oscillates on a frequency us ordinary humans don’t deserve.

Favorite Track(s): Jesus Rabbit, Come Up With Me, Walls of the Universe

#Trending in the World of Mike: Jerry Paper – Like a Baby

It can be kind of hard to discover exciting new sounds. I’ve got one or two staple labels I repeatedly turn to for “The Good Stuff” (Orange Milk & Hausu Mountain, Decoherence, & Doom Trip {particularly their annual mixtapes} are all pretty solid) & I’m a big Bandcamp user, but it’s hard to distinguish the signal from the noise over there. Sometimes I check out what’s hot in the world of physical grips; the other month I was snooping amongst the “World” tag [a made-up genre which predominately seems code for PoC like William Onyeabor & Francis Bebey] & this release by Jerry Paper cheekily popped up. Hey, I can’t dispute that Jerry is just as much a part of the world as anyone else! He’s pretty fly for a white guy, & the moment I gazed upon the amazing art the needle in my vibe-o-meter immediately slammed straight into the red – 🚨🚨🚨ALERT!!!!🚨🚨🚨 – THE GOOD STUFF. I’d previously known Jerry for the peculiar-as-hell smash hit “Chameleon World” (👀 the video on YouTube sometime), & he’s put out numerous releases that’d previously been floating ‘round the periphery of my Zone of Awareness. From what I can tell he’s #trending in the faraway world of Gen Z, & even guested on a track by Tyler, the Creator. In the time since “Chameleon World”, Jerry strayed away from my Zone to God-knows-where, but after this LP he’s once again locked dead in my sights. This is fantastic. My genre tags on Rhythmbox & iTunes are pretty broad, but it’s rare that anything gets classified as “Pop” – Now, I’ll always have one foot & multiple toes planted firmly outside the mainstream, but my palate isn’t selling out yet, cuz this is still plenty, plenty weird. Jerry only knows one way to do things, & that’s idiosyncratically. Maybe he shd collaborate w/ Euglossine, cuz his vocal delivery is smooooth. If all you know is Big Pop for Chameleon World, know again, ’cause this is next-level.

Bandcamp Link: BAZINGA | Artist Website: BAZINGA | Twitter: BAZINGA

Favorite Track(s): Your Cocoon, Commercial Break