This album is the culmination of my experiments with noisy, layered guitar work. These songs were inspired by:
1. The cultural, geographical, and spiritual dichotomy that exists between Tokyo and the Japanese countryside
2. Joseph Campbell's descriptions of the hero's journey/various myths and fairy tales
3. Afrirampo, CocoRosie, Sonic Youth (obviously), The Kinks, Ghost of Monkshood, Gentle Ghost, indigenous ceremonial chanting,
4. Among a universe of other things.
"The Dreamscape Shifts" is the soundtrack to a particular recurring dream that I have during certain periods of my life in which my immediate reality is destroyed by dozens of simultaneously appearing tornadoes.
"Sakura" was released as an MP3 single by Nice People Records, an independent record label here in Norman that releases a plenitude of phenomenal music from many Oklahoma bands... (www.wearenicepeople.com/Site/Free_MP3s/Entries/2010/9/1_Luna_Moth...
Indie music blog Dying For Bad Music wrote a piece on Shamanic Youth which can be read here:
One more thing..When listening to the CD as it was recorded, each track segues into the next, creating a seamless, flowing whole, the effect of which is lost listening to the album in this format. If you want a hard copy of the album, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can bring or send you one. Recorded spring/summer 2010, as always in lovely Norman, Oklahoma.