Black Sun Ensemble / Behind Purple Clouds
Album: Behind Purple Clouds   Collection:General
Artist:Black Sun Ensemble   Added:Jan 2014
Label:Slowburn Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-01-17 Pull Date: 2014-03-21
Week Ending: Mar 16 Mar 9 Mar 2 Feb 23 Feb 16 Feb 9 Feb 2 Jan 26
Airplays: 2 1 2 3 1 1 4 4

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 04, 2017: Brownian Motion
Black Temple (Featuring Bridget Keating)
4. Mar 13, 2014: The Sunset Life
Bastet (Featuring Carl Hall)
2. Nov 01, 2014: Music Casserole
Bastet (Featuring Carl Hall), Captain Wormwood (Featuring Otto Terrorist)
5. Mar 07, 2014: A Visit From Drum (There's So Many Colors)
Bastet (Featuring Carl Hall)
3. Mar 14, 2014: A Visit From Drum
Valley Of The Kings (Featuring Michael Henderson)
6. Feb 28, 2014: A Visit From Drum
Valley Of The Kings (Featuring Michael Henderson)

Album Review
DJ Muscat
Reviewed 2014-01-17
Instrumental mélange of genres ranging from psych-rock to folk to blues to world to jazz. This band comes out of Tucson (my home town) and has been making music since the mid-80's. Sadly, the leader and guitarist of Black Sun Ensemble, Jesus Acedo, died just last year. Thankfully though, he left us this masterful, transportive album to remember him by. An exotic detour from run of the mill indie-rock. Favorites: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 But ALL of these tracks contain their own unique world. Highly recommended. No FCCs.

RIYL: Goat, Brian Eno & David Byrne "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts"

1. (6:40) * Slow to mid. Delicate synth work. About 2:00 in Eastern sounding woodwind textures and a clever beat. Psychedelic, meandering guitar. Takes awhile to build momentum.
2. (3:30) ** Fast. Great percussion with almost Western movie guitar. Abrupt cymbal fade out.
3. (5:31) * Organ sounds before a driving beat kicks in. Really interesting mix of influences here (jazz, world, hip-hop beats). Guitar solo breakdown 3/4 way through. Great jam. Fades out.
4. (6:55) *** Fantastic drumming and nimble guitar work. Really ornate and entrancing.
5. (4:06) ** Slightly dour combination of violin, bass, and guitar. Emotional, cinematic. Builds steadily into a more upbeat groove.
6. (5:21) ** Dramatic gong hits. Trippy, noisy guitar riffs anchored by deep bass. Transitions into a nearly bluesy feel and then into a fast paced jam for the last minute. Great great stuff. Transitions to next track.
7. (4:48) *** Deep world percussion. My only complaint about this track is that it's too damn short.
8. (3:10) * Folky, western vibe. More toned down, but beautiful.
9. (3:10) ** Pounding drums with organ and atmospheric guitar. Really stellar drumming.
10. (3:07) ** Mid. Desert psych jam. Mesmerizing musicianship.
11. (2:33) Gritty guitar riffs abound. Nice and short.
12. (5:44) ** Playful organ melody that breaks into a mid-tempo groove.
13. (4:14) * Gentle guitar strumming. Almost nostalgic. Beatless and a truly different mood from the rest of the record.

Track Listing
1. Black Temple (Featuring Bridget Keating)   7. Bastet (Featuring Carl Hall)
2. Mandala   8. Lotus
3. Egyptian Magician   9. Watch The Stars (Featuring Otto Terrorist)
4. Valley Of The Kings (Featuring Michael Henderson)   10. Jasmine (Featuring Al Perry)
5. Blue Thunder (Featuring Bridget Keating)   11. Apollo Wolf (Featuring Otto Terrorist)
6. Captain Wormwood (Featuring Otto Terrorist)   12. Red Temple (Featuring Otto Terrorist)
  13. Behind Purple Clouds (Featuring Bridget Keating)