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Desert Dwellers The Great Mystery Black Swan Sounds Tracklist: 1. Warm Desert Sands 2. The Great Mystery 3. Crossing Beyond (ReVisioned) 4. View From Laniakea 5. Our Dream World 6. The Elephant's March 7. Walking Between 8. The Sacrament (ReVisioned) 9. I Dropped It 10. Bird Over Sand Dunes 11. Wings Of Waves 12. Give Thanks Now I'm not sure what past Desert Dwellers album I had heard but it was a while back that I had written this duo off as being too chill, too meditative for my tastes. Even a little too New Age, too floaty, too hippie, not enough groove, not enough edge. To be clear, I have no idea if this American duo have another album out there like The Great Mystery but I would be damned eager to hear it. This one floored me because it redefined everything I had opined about the Desert Dwellers and, more importantly, because it is a truly amazing album. In its very best moments The Great Mystery is superb tribal down tempo with intricate detailing, groovy rhythms and ethereal female vocals. Some of those moments also happen to be immersive and transporting psychedelic music. And all of those opinions were formed before learning of the back story where the duo say to have recorded this mostly on the road, in several different countries, in several different studios, over the course of two years. By any rule of standards, this album should sound like anything but the smooth and near-perfect encapsulation of beauty that it is. Also consider the dizzying number of nine vocalists and instrumentalists employed throughout many of these tracks and the legend of this one continues to grow. As far as the music is concerned, immediately I dismissed the opener and conclusion and "The Elephant's March" in between, all falling into that "too floaty" category. It wasn't until the second or third listen that "View From Laniakea" and "Bird Over Sand Dunes" began to become thinner than the rest. Of the best of the rest, which leaves seven tracks in case you weren't keeping count, there is some gorgeous aural magic to be had, accentuated in no small way by that intricate and gorgeous cover art that seems to shimmer and morph with these sounds. The title track, "Walking Between" and "Wings of Waves" are sweeping and majestic, sometimes inducing hypnosis through its elements, sometimes getting a little grimy with just a pinch of glitch, sometimes just being nothing more complex than utter beauty. "The Sacrament (ReVisioned)" and "I Dropped It" become flavorful doses of diversity, adopting a West Coast style of glitch and bass music that is frenetically effective. "Crossing Beyond (ReVisioned)" is energetic, hypnotic, just a little dirty and pretty near flawless, certainly one of the best of this bunch. However, "Our Dream World" gets top honor here, though it is no easy task trying to pick a favorite, it is simply epic with the vocal melodies weaving spells that are difficult to shake and if this one gets deep into you, chances are you won't want to be rid of it so easy anyway. The Great Mystery is one superb journey and for all of the proclaimed trials and tribulations stated by its producers Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe that back story also makes it a brilliant one. Black Swan Sounds
Friday, March 28, 2014 React & Silver Wrapper Presents... :: SHPONGLE :: The Museum of Consciousness Tour SIMON POSFORD PRESENTS THE BRAND NEW SHPONGLETRON 3.0 [ www.shpongle.com ] with :: DESERT DWELLERS :: [ www.desertdwellers.org ] Visuals by :: ZEBBLER :: Shpongle Platinum Package also available. This Includes: -GA Ticket to the show -Signing Session -Photo with only you and Simon -Tour Poster -Tour T-shirt Limited availability. Purchase your Platinum Package here -> http://bit.ly/Shpongle_March28_ChicagoIL_PlatinumPkg/ Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 Doors at 8:00PM 18+ For more information: www.silverwrapper.com www.facebook.com/silverwrapper www.twitter.com/silver_wrapper www.reactpresents.com www.facebook.com/reactpresents www.twitter.com/reactpresents www.instagram.com/reactpresents www.youtube.com/reactpresents Want to grab tickets for an upcoming show in person? Our box office is here for ya! BOX OFFICE HOURS Tue-Fri: 1pm-7pm (if there's a show, closed hour before) Saturday: 12pm-8pm (end time depends on show hours) PARKING INFO To purchase parking you MUST select the "PRINT AT HOME" ticket option. If you are purchasing more than one ticket item (GA ticket + Parking) you must add each item to your purchase basket individually. Parking lot is in CVS just North of Concord Music Hall. Please hand your printout parking ticket to the parking attendant. If you do not have a printer you can show your parking ticket barcode to the parking attendant on your smartphone screen. Have a great night.