Intimate Portraits and Ambient Gestures (2016) by solarminds
Solarminds takes us on an introspective, deep journey, with much to experience. The songs are tangible, the music full of texture. I believe a second listen -with headphones- is a must.
– Deruting Magazine (Spain)
Evocative and haunting well re-shaped ambient textures.
– Son of Marketing: Unknown Music Pleasures
- things I’ve done (for you god) 8:12
- 39 days 5:36
- grit in your teeth (or, walking through the desert searching for a seashell) 24:02
- Lover/Friend/Muse 3:57
- I’ve let my suffering define my identity for too long 3:46
- songs you sing to me 3:05
- just do the maximum and try to feel things 12:23
All music and lyrics by Chris Miner except track 6, music by Chris Miner, lyrics by Erin M. Brunner and Chris Miner
Engineered and Produced by Chris Miner
Released 6.21.16 with X-Rays and Open Transmissions Bonus Disc!
This album, while being a significant departure from the heavily layered, overdriven electric guitar sound of the lighthouse album, still seeks to push the envelope of dark psychedelia further, both subtly and not so subtly towards experiences that are at once outwardly vast and inwardly focused. While solarminds’ debut album was more influenced by post-rock noise and drone sounds of bands like SWANS, This Will Destroy You, and Mogwai, the new album takes the listener on a more experimental, and synth driven journey (while still feeling very organic and real) inspired more by bands like Dead Can Dance, Legendary Pink Dots, and even PJ Harvey. The full length album alternates between the raw and the intimate, and mood setting, dreamy, ecstatic soundscapes. The album also incorporates several manipulated field recordings I captured while in India in the summer of 2011.
As on the debut album, solarminds still explores themes of spirituality and existentialism, but whereas a lighthouse for the Sun celebrated and expressed a connection to the divine, Intimate Portraits and Ambient Gestures seems to touch upon more of a sense of longing for or even disconnection with the divine, while focusing more on the human spirit and inter-relatedness. It is an exercise in vulnerability, transcendence, and self-discovery.
This album is dedicated with a very special thank you to the following awesome people:
Carolyn Chamberlin, Isabel Diamond, David Jevans, Judith Hunt, Aiden Jevans, Maya Jevans, Stacy Bengtson, Josh Visick and Parish Burns, Craig Cadwell, Tom A. Marra, Paige Minichiello, Wes Saeger, and Grace Jimenez. This album would not have been possible without your generosity and extra support.
– Chris Miner, May 2016