The new companion-album crafted by Amulets and Bus Gas is built upon a sense of unavoidable cause and effect. Ashes after a fire. Thunder before a storm. Quiet after a snow. The two cassettes are meant to be played in either order, two halves of a whole, combining together into a before-and-after rumination on anxiety and uncertainty. The bass lines on Bus Gas’ Immortal Yeller bend and warp, refusing to stay on their prescribed note while the guitars sound less like tools of rock-n-roll bravado and more like sirens at constant alarm. Mechanical rattles and clatters echo wordlessly through the din of Amulet’s Mountains Past, rumbling underneath hazy orchestras of synthesizers and tape loops. The two Portland based drone artists have both separately examined the emotional nostalgia of texture and physicality in their music, so it seems only inevitable that they would eventually join forces for the most immediate and potent collection of music they’ve yet put to tape.
Bus Gas’ and Amulets’ collaborative, two-halves-of-a-whole mindset is carried into their release’s extravagant packaging. Two clear pro-dubbed tapes are housed side by side in an oversized double cassette case. A die-cut window in the stark white j-card reveals a collection of boldly patterned die-cut inserts that can be rearranged and combined into a recursive, layered image of the listener’s own creation.
released September 21, 2018
1. SECONDARY MEASURE
4. MOUNTAINS PAST
5. BEYOND 2000
6. FREQUENCY FEELS
7. CUTTING ROOM FLOORED
ALL SONGS WRITTEN AND RECORDED BY RANDALL TAYLOR
MASTERED BY THOMAS FLAHERTY
1. SAVAGE TRASH
2. DENIM JACKET BACK PATCH BLUES
3. BUST GUTS
4. HELL’S CAPE
5. STILL LIFELESS
THIS TIME BUS GAS WAS
THOMAS FLAHERTY (PROGRAMMING, RHODES, SAMPLES, SYNTHS), ERIC NYFFELER (ELECTRIC GUITAR, KALIEDOLOOP, MELLOTRON, SAMPLES, SYNTHS), IAN AEILLO (SAMPLES, SOUND DESIGN, VOICE)
IMMORTAL YELLER WAS WRITTEN AND RECORDED IN PORTLAND, OREGON IN JUNE 2017 WITH SOME ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS RECORDED IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA IN JULY 2017. MIXED BY IAN IN OMAHA IN LATE SUMMER AND MASTERED BY TOM SOME TIME AFTER THAT. SPECIAL THANKS TO JJ IDT FOR LENDING US HIS RECORDING GEAR AND TO ZACH BIRDWELL FOR HIS MELLOTRON SKILLS.
LOVE ALWAYS TO JON AUGUSTINE, DANIEL NICKEL, TERRY MCGINN, AND JOE MCKAY.
SPECIAL THANKS FOR LETY FROM COLOR IMAGES AND CHRISTOPHER FROM PORRIDGE PAPERS
DESIGN AND LAYOUT BY ERIC NYFFELER
COLLAGE ELEMENTS PROVIDED BY JON AUGUSTINE, SCOTT CAMPBELL, CALEB COPPOCK, JOE MCKAY, ERIC NYFFELER, SCRIPT AND SEAL / GAVIN POTENZA, BRETT STENSON, AND JAMIE SWICK