Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sunken Landscapes: Lucid, psychedelic, and mind altering noise to sweep over the festival

Sunken Landscapes is the inner working of one Andy Summers, a Long Beach resident who will be performing at this year's festival. Sunken Landscapes' approach to noise is distinct in that it dwells on the psychedelic, although the aesthetic of noise is still ever present. The end result is one that can be likened to a drug trip; mind bending, conscious altering, and at times, meditative.

Your approach to guitar/pedal-based noise is quite unique from that of other artists. What can you attest your sound to?

Each jam is an endless search and exploration of sound and just creating it and building upon it and morphing it into something completely weird in that particular moment in time. It's at the point now where it's almost like a spiritual connection with the unknown universes through sound. That and some really great pedals and a head full of psychedelic thoughts.

When was the first time you experienced noise music? What was your reaction and how did you end up wanting to create it?

I found a used copy of Black Dice's Miles of Smiles for like 3 or 4 bucks about 7 or 8 years ago and checked it out. I was into weirdo punk and weird psych stuff before that but when I put on that record it blew my mind into pieces. Shortly after I picked up everything I could get on wax by them and they're still one of my favorite bands ever.

Your label, Nihil Underground, has a very wide variety of artists. If you could release any artist you desire, who would it be?

Dude, that's tough. Maybe some really weird, old Residents demos or Smegma.

Sunken Landscapes currently has several new releases out now. The Worlds Unknown CDr, Cosmic Travels CDr, and On the Sea of Tranquility c30 can all be purchased through Nihil Underground, with the Tropical Wasteland c20 to soon be out on Obeast Tapes. He will also be releasing a  new 3"/collage at the festival limited to 10 copies. Each 3" will have a unique recording and collage. Be sure to pick up a copy!

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