Review: Jon Porras’ Black Mesa

Jon Porras: Black MesaJon Porras: Black Mesa (Thrill Jockey, 4/17/12)

“Into Midnight”

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Guitarist Jon Porras, otherwise known as one half of drone duo Barn Owl, has returned for his sophomore solo effort via Black Mesa, a concept album of sorts about an outlaw’s desert journey as he comes to discover another universe.

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Video: Jon Porras’ “Into Midnight”

Jon Porras: Black MesaJon Porras: Black Mesa (Thrill Jockey, 4/17/12)

Next month brings the new solo LP from Jon Porras, one half of the drone-rock duo Barn Owl. The seven-track release, whose art was created by Porras, is a string-theory-based concept piece about an outlaw who discovers the Black Mesa, a “bridge between worlds” that’s tucked away in the American desert. Over ambient, atmospheric guitar pieces, the album unfolds as the explorer discovers hidden truths about the universe and multiverse.

Below is the video for “Into Midnight,” a western-tinged psych tune that follows the outlaw beginning his exploration.

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Jon Porras (Barn Owl) explores the dark desert with Black Mesa

Jon Porras, one half of the drone-rock duo Barn Owl, has announced his newest solo LP and Thrill Jockey debut, Black Mesa. The seven-track release, whose art was created by Porras, is a string-theory-based concept piece about an outlaw who discovers the Black Mesa, a “bridge between worlds” that’s tucked away in the American desert. Over ambient, atmospheric guitar pieces, the album unfolds as the explorer discovers hidden truths about the universe and multiverse.

Porras’ cover art is below, and you can pick up the new album on April 17.  While you’re at it, check out Barn Owl’s last album, Lost in the Glare.

Jon Porras: Black Mesa

 

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