Cryptic Hullabaloo

by Glaze of Cathexis

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about

Cryptic Hullabaloo is the current batch of vibrations revealed to the universe through 14 original tunes by Glaze of Cathexis. The download includes a 16-page booklet featuring a clutch of visionary photography by Scott Atkinson as well as two videos featuring additional photos.

Track notes. Spoilers abound if you don't want to know just what I'm ripping off:

1. An Acrobat of Worlds - I was going for that slightly goth 80's vibe, with the poppy Cure and all. Maybe I ended up kind of ripping of David Bowie's "Heroes" instead, especially with the keyboard part. I didn't record any keyboard on this track, but something sure sounds like one. There's no doubt that the guitar solo at the end is putting Eric Clapton's Gibson 'woman tone' clear in the sights.

2. Primordial Epiphany - Is it acceptable to let the Big Bopper in as an influence nowadays? Because that's one I'm doing with the vocals. If that bugs you, dig the full-tilt, out-of-control rock n' roll informing this track. I don't have to worry anymore if the track's psychedelic or not, because Scott's lyrics keep the proceedings visionary.

3. Path of the Starry Vortex - It's a Goldilocks track. The first pass at it was too screwed up, the second was too fast, and the third was just right. Wait... no it wasn't. I just added bongos to the fast version. In other news, I finally figured out how much fun you can have with the tone knobs on a good guitar.

4. Koans of the Paradox - This is a top 40 hit in my mind. I borrowed a super-cheap pawn shop Strat and decided to try and be Hendrix. Then I realized that the strings tended to scrap in strange ways and ended up warping the thing through vibrations of Cream all the way to Sonic Youth on the lead guitar track.

5. Archway Complexities - This was a straight down funk track called "Shartymobile." You can still hear a touch of it at the end (although not with the ridiculous lead guitar and funk growling). Now it's a mystical showcase for Scott, but I'll give you "Shartymobile" if you beg me for it.

6. Vales of Fire and Light - Should I say it? Should I say it? What the hell. I played drums along with "The Wind Cries Mary" on my ipod and just recorded a new song on top of it. The Santana leads, Moody Blues organ, and Roger Daltrey-before-his-balls-dropped-in-1969-vocals are just there to throw you off the path.

7. The Windcharmer - I read an interview with Kevin Shields about a year ago where he talked about his recording technique, and the fact that most Bloody Valentine tracks don't feature 6,000 guitars, but rather two or three really loud ones. That's what I try to do these days.

8. Cryptic Hullabaloo - My wife doesn't like this one because she thinks I'm trying to sing like a pirate. I'm glad she didn't hear the first pass at the vocals. Otherwise, I was just trying to see how much blues howl I could get out of an Epiphone Casino and it was always going to be the title track.

9. Cycles of History - The first tune I recorded for this album. It has goofier percussion than usual and crossfades the Madchester scene with Yo La Tengo. I think you can dance to this more than you can with most Glaze tracks.

10. Droplets on a Lily - This is what the Dead's "Dark Star" would have sounded like if the Buffalo Springfield had recorded it on a tape reel that had been in the sun too long. It was called "Thracian Intro" for months, but the next tune just needs a musical partner, not a conceptual one.

11. Thracian Moonlight - I don't think I really used much actual distortion on this album, just lots of tube overdrive. That bass has a dang Big Muff on it though, because that's always a good idea. Otherwise we're sort of doing Dylan leading an amphetamine-addled Byrds. Artificial energy, indeed (not for me, just my metaphore).

12. Twilight in the Cloud Forest - And then I wanted to do Buddy Holly on that cheap Strat before I returned it. I might of bungled it up with that Sterling Morrison sort of lead guitar, though.

13. Holes in the Vastness - I might have gotten a touch lazy. This is the forward version of the backward section from "Cycles of History," but with Scott intoning over it. But if the Stone Roses could get away with that, maybe I can too?

14. Rivers of Life - I didn't click with Husker Du as a teenage. But then I spent nine months in 2003-2004 drinking scotch, playing San Francisco Rush 2049 on the Sega Dreamcast, and blasting a vinyl copy of "Zen Arcade" at uncomfortable volumes.

15. Bonus track - What could it be? What could it be? Recorded at the behest of the ex-Glaze of Cathexis drummer for his daughter's first birthday. Apparently, it's her favorite song.

credits

released April 26, 2014

Scott Atkinson: spoken word, percussion
Matt Comegys: vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizer, drums

Produced by Matt Comegys

All lyrics by Scott Atkinson
All music by Matt Comegys

Recorded at the Psychedelic Garage Studio in Maebashi, Japan from July 2013 to March 2014

Photography by Scott Atkinson

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Track Name: An Acrobat of Worlds
you`re an astronaut * you of the endless worlds, too * see all the limitless things * you could always do * reflecting in the glade of glades * reality seems to come in shades * reflecting in the glade of glades * some light was never meant to fade * spending all october`s time * imagining the rain * of burgeoning synapses * that run through my brain * you could always do * reflecting in the glade of glades * reality seems to come in shades * reflecting in the glade of glades * some light was never meant to fade * into the glade of glades * by light of an engroovied, glossy haze * notice how time whispers and fades * ever seek now to pervade * reflecting in the glade of glades * reality seems to come in shades * reflecting in the glade of glades * some light was never meant to fade * you`re an astronaut * you of the endless worlds, too * see all the limitless things * you could always do * reflecting in the glade of glades * reality seems to come in shades * reflecting in the glade of glades * some light was never meant to fade
Track Name: Primordial Epiphany
epiphany in lilac * beneath the sea-bed * raindrop and whirlpool * resound in my head * I dance formless in the rays of your sun * footsteps bathed in light * primordality becomes me * duckdive into * springheads of time * wormholes forever * etch pathways into the lime * I dance formless in the rays of your sun * footsteps bathed in light * primordality becomes me * epiphany in lilac * beneath the sea-bed * raindrop and whirlpool * resound in my head * I dance formless in the rays of your sun * footsteps bathed in light * primordality becomes me
Track Name: Path of the Starry Vortex
wheel of fire in the sky * clacking of bamboo and bush-clover high * song-lines flow in the ripe vortex * landscapes of shining apex * see it all configure * take your poison finger off the trigger * misty in these hazy days * yet to fields of heaven * set your gaze * a soul vast like the albatross * into the forges of age and loss * coin in mouth over styx I cross * i cast in what once was lost
Track Name: Koans of the Paradox
into mysteries perennial * walk the bedrock of being * assess just for yourself * the reality that you are seeing * in gardens of the paradox * see time the slippery koan * illusions become lost * like fireflies stuck in the snow * cloudfronts billow luminous * on wings of glistening jade * ascending ladders in our dreams * unlock the truths again * in gardens of the paradox * see time the slippery koan * illusions become lost * like fireflies stuck in the snow * energy becomes a river * choosing water with which to flow * into the mind’s eye * from flourishing valleys grow * in gardens of the paradox * see time the slippery koan * illusions become lost * like fireflies stuck in the snow
Track Name: Archway Complexities
burning pyres by highland crescent lakes * doors conceal passages into archeway complexities * everything is a circular utopia * amidst the baseline pathways * over cocktail carpets sopping with silvery mescal * to hives of electricity * oceanic in depths heaving * in realms of bright shadow * falsettos echo * in misty caverns of my mind
Track Name: Vales of Fire and Light
gazing out windows * onto late winter skies * how welcome is the light * as days they seem to fly * duty to sing of star-scapes * and silences to contemplate * beyond fate, time and consequence * as days they seem to fly * in vales of fire and light * entire worlds rippling * In vales of fire and light * ascend the cosmic ladder * as vaulting spires take flight * time is the song * of a book of fables * of wind on the sand * and life in the cradle * in vales of fire and light
Track Name: The Windcharmer
the living breeze breathes through me * the quick-silvery seas * awash in autumn moons * how all things change * ever, forevermore * in their sub-atomic range * dolphin-song greets the throng * polyglot pilgrims eternal * deep in songs of the sun * how all things change * ever, forevermore * in their sub-atomic range * in all things * open your eyes * the game has begun * the game of life has begun * forever - just begun * echo forever, til day is done * how all things change * ever, forevermore * in their sub-atomic range * in all things * open your eyes * the game has begun
Track Name: Cryptic Hullabaloo
down all the pathways * through the cryptic hullaballoo * a timeless circle * beyond illusion`s glue * in the glade of bamboo * touched by the light of the moon * liquid tides of empire * of assyria to xanadu * discovery of precious humanity * leads us to the clue * in the glade of bamboo * touched by the light of the moon * soft dawn rays * and seagull cries * pattern the morning haze * out of the cryptic skies * in the glade of bamboo * touched by the light of the moon * down all the pathways * through the cryptic hullaballoo * a timeless circle * beyond illusion`s glue * in the glade of bamboo * touched by the light of the moon
Track Name: Cycles of History
cycles of history, mystery * drink deep and learn reality return * quest for what`s real behold to feel * find you, the sage on eternity`s page * sun on the wheat-sheaf * moon on the cherry * gliding in bright air * the soul learns aplenty * realize and emerge from time`s drama * all realities transcend karma * sun on the wheat-sheaf * moon on the cherry * gliding in bright air * the soul learns aplenty * forests green-deep, havens of sprites * questing inside the sacred fires * sun on the wheat-sheaf * moon on the cherry * gliding in bright air * the soul learns aplenty * realm of green water mermaids, kappa * echoing laughter amidst the pearls * sun on the wheat-sheaf * moon on the cherry * gliding in bright air * the soul learns aplenty
Track Name: Thracian Moonlight
shining and shining like thracian moonlight * your spirit like stars * and your eyes so bright * hopes of my love * a deep-forest green * bejeweled passage * monastery of light * icons shine in your realm * opals launch flight * hopes of my love * a deep-forest green * at the height of the dove * all but paradise has seen * ageless journey’s night * flames of spirit burn * heart and spirit soar * ever to adore * hopes of my love * a deep-forest green * at the height of the dove * all but paradise has seen * hopes of my love * like thracian moonlight
Track Name: Twilight in the Cloud Forest
the pendulum swings beyond * aging, archaic fires * penetrating dualities * on a towering spire * behold the sacred pillar * in sanctuaries of jadeite * into a cloud forest twilight * mountain shaman chant tonight * the quest for your secret potion * to oceans deep and eternal skies * it forever guides my motion * fills up these lonesome eyes tonight * by the light of the eclipse * dive in fountains of the moon * soft, opal morning fog * chakra lights a-flaring soon * the quest for your secret potion * to oceans deep and eternal skies * it forever guides my motion * fills up these lonesome eyes tonight
Track Name: Holes in the Vastness
starbusts in the heart of the lightning * illuminates my web of tantric philosophy * by the light of a trillion lunar eclipses * gorden’s mythology of this perennial biography * behind sanddials of glitter * a sulhpuric wilderness * i opened my eyes and mind * to see holes in the vastness * to the summit of the snow * to reality to grow * farewell the world of cloud * back to the glorious shroud * the nature of karma * is basically unknowable * to feel spirit through our own intuition * can’t be fathomed by intellect * or grasped by mere consciousness * listen to that small, still voice inside you
Track Name: Rivers of Life
a monastery in waiting * yet for you i’ll chart these rivers of life * ever wish for a place * seen in dreams, shimmering in grace * free to forever dive in * saintly oceans beckoning within * everything has been left * for you to one day find * all the things that i`ve known * rarely is reality revealed * becoming vital and healed * unlocks the hidden order that’s been concealed * everything has been left * for you to one day find