As I’ve always said about MoonJune, “Whenever something shows up in the mail and MoonJune shows up, something magical happens.” Yesterday I received in the mail from MoonJune is perhaps one of the most innovative and challenging releases to start off the New Year with a big bang. It was Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis’ The Stone House. When I went out for my Morning workout at the Gym and listened to the entire album, I was completely taken aback and just in awe of the textures of how compelling these six tracks can take you on a whole new world.
Recorded at La Casa Murada Studio in Banyeres del Pandes, Spain on February 19, 2016, all four of them work together like a team creating these mysterious voyages between Space, Fusion, Trance, and Psychedelic music. And while the album cover has this strange homage between the movie posters of either the hammer horror films or something straight out of Italian Giallo films of the 1970s, the quartet delves into the looking glass.
Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Yaron Stavi, and Asaf Sirkis, work together as a team during those sessions. It felt at times listening to the entire album recalling the essence of the THRAK-era of King Crimson with a Holy Shit momentum. When this was announced last year, my first reaction was “This is a perfect team, perfect match, perfect combination, and perfect quartet.” And I was right on the money with this.
It felt as if they were breaking the doors down of Jazz with a gigantic bulldozer with some experimentation's they were doing in the studio. And the music itself is original, ominous, and eerie at its finest. Not to mention the feedback sounds in one of the tracks that shows them even more accomplished than ever! At times it feels that the quartet were writing a score for a film done by Fantastic Planet’s Rene Laoux and out of stories with designs done by the late great Jean “Moebius” Giraud.
After delving into the six tracks, Wingfield, Reuter, Stavi, and Sirkis keep the fires burning more. This is a spellbinding release that MoonJune Records released. I hope they continue to do more in 2017. And as I’ve mentioned this is a great introduction to start the New Year off with a big or even a bigger bang.