Saturday, 21 October 2017

Prana Crafter "Ruptures of Planes” 2015 US Psych Folk Rock,Space Rock,Acid Folk


Prana Crafter  "Ruptures of Planes” 2015 US Psych Folk Rock,Space Rock,Acid Folk
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https://pranacrafter.bandcamp.com/album/rupture-of-planes


Prana Crafter is William Sol and this, his second CD, is a bewitching mix of folky balladry and hazy psychedelia that is, frankly, beautiful (and that’s not a word I generally bandy around with regard to music). That it is released by Deep Water Acres is less of a surprise; a label that has brought us offerings by,amongst others, Evening Fires and United Bible Studies, both no strangers to transcendent musical beauty. 

‘Rupture Of Planes’ wrongfooted me at first; when lead off track 'Forest At First Light’ started I thought I had mistakenly loaded a Neil Young album. The track has the same languid majesty as Young - a gentle acoustic guitar accompanied by Sol’s plaintive yearnings (and more than a touch of Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum.) At the halfway mark some crystal sharp guitar joins, underpinned with some joyous fuzz, but not to the detriment of the atmosphere created by Sol. 'Diamond Cutter Of The Jagged Mountain’ starts with some gently plucked guitar, almost Spanish in feel, and soon warms up to become a fuzzy instrumental psychedelic number with some great reverb drenched guitar. Title track 'Rupture Of Planes’ successfully marries the styles of the preceeding tracks…ostensibly a singer/songwriter number brought alive by some more ace guitarwork. 'Moksha Of Melting Mind’ begins with some hard-as-you-like riffs and swells and grows into eastern tinged guitar workout. The manner in which the guitars swirl and swoop give the track a lysergic psych vibe. 'Tara, Do You Remember The Way’ sees Sol once again dip his toes into the Laurel Canyon troubadour territory…this could have been written and recorded in the late sixties/early seventies and would no doubt have made Sol a star. 'Treasure In A Ruin’ is another bucolic psych number…slow burning, precise and highly atmospheric, almost bordering on the ambient; a gorgeous drone providing the backdrop to some ringing guitar. 'Dharma Dripping Lotus’ follows in much the same vein - another meditative drone providing the accompaniment to some lovely acoustic guitar. 'Vessel’ takes us back once again with Sol channelling his inner Neil Young on another introspective ballad before the stabbing riffs and echo of 'Birth Of Blooming Thunder’ bring an atmosphere of foreboding, like just before a thunderstorm. 'Fog Has Lifted’ provides a folksy ballad interlude before the lilting instrumental 'Prana Crafters Abode’, another ambient guitar workout punctuated by stabs of fuzz and staccato riffs. 'Mudra Of The Mountain Throned’ brings the album to a close in a haze of psych guitar; the juxtaposition here of ringing electric guitar with acoustic guitar is an effective and neatly encapsulates the album as a whole. 

This is an incredibly intelligent album by an artist who does not feel the need to fit into a certain genre or style. The mix of singer/songwriter, west coast balladry with electrifying bursts of psych rock, all wrapped up in a rural mysticism is intoxicating and bewitching. 'Prana’ is the sanskrit for 'life force’ and that is reflected by the music - it is life-affirming and I certainly felt a better person having listened to it. 'Rupture Of Planes’ is available from Deep Water Acres…


Another parcel from the postie arrived at our psychedelic basement…….this time package of goodies from Deep Water Acres Records that included two superb records from Prana Crafter and United Bible Studies which have both completely blown us away. We have been a little late to the party (again) and were unable to included them in our “Weird Scenes Inside The Psychedelic Basement” round up……..however as they are relatively recent releases and still available to buy (the UBS album is now on its second pressing) we have decided to bring them to the attention of you good folk that, like us, were out in the car park stealing car aerials while the cool kids were gathered round the Dancette taking in these sweet sounds. 

Prana Crafter is the recording/performing pseudonym of Psych Folk guitarist William Sol, who hails from America’s great Pacific Northwest, and the recently released Rupture Of Planes is his second album of wonderfully twisted psychedelia and sweetly heartfelt balladry from deep in the woods of Washington. Incorporating both songs and instrumentals, recorded at home as well as in a professional studio, Rupture Of Planes mixes together beautiful, delicate songs that have been compared to the early 60s output from Elektra and Vanguard along with more experimental/improvised, shamanic guitar overload, lo-fi Psych Rock excursions. The five truly fabulous songs have more of a conventional structure and are studio recordings with dressed-up arrangements and live drums………… the excellent tracks ’Forest at First Light’, ‘Rupture of Planes’, ‘Fog Has Lifted’ and the standout ‘Tara, Do You Remember the Way?’ are all beautifully absorbing, predominantly acoustic, time-honoured singer/songwriter material, fragile but with a steely core and really fantastic tunes. The home recorded tunes are all instrumental cosmic jams from the deep forest with electric intensity sharing space with blissed-out serenity, third-eye visions with dirt underneath their fingernails. Prana Crafter mixes up drones, ambient explorations and full on, wild eyed Psych Rock guitar wig outs with ‘Diamond Cutter of the Jagged Mountain’, ‘Treasure in a Ruin’, ‘Dharma Dripping Lotus’ and ‘Prana Crafter’s Abode’ being possibly the best of some really outstanding tunes. ‘Prana’ is the sanskrit for “life force” and in keeping with the Eastern wisdom traditions referenced by the name, to the extent this album ruptures any planes it’s with the larger goal of embodying their differences on some higher level. This is a really beautiful record and would have made it into our best of 2015 if we were a bit quicker on the uptake

 From the superb Deep Water Acres label (also home to recent splendid albums from United Bible studies and Raising Holy Sparks ) comes the sophomore album from Prana Crafter, essentially Washington Woods guitarist William Sol. As with Prana’s impressive self-titled début this album is mostly entirely written and performed by the man himself, this time around aided by Chris Shealy on drums and with additional lyrics by Tara Sol. Recorded in the vast forestlands of his home, the album bleeds rustic charm and backwoods magic; Sol is a highly accomplished and deeply emotive artist who deserves a wide audience for his fusion of acoustic wonder and fearsome blasts of acid tinged psych guitar, 'Rupture Of Planes’ should surely be the album to afford this much deserved recognition. 

'Forest at First Light’ opens the album with delicate, finger picked acoustics, Sol’s plaintive and warm vocals entering to add a shimmer of Mercury Rev and early Neil Young to proceedings before the familiar fiery bursts of fuzz guitar enter and send the song skywards. It’s a heart stopping moment and encapsulates the sheer vibrancy and life that is inherent in Prana Crafter; this music breathes, bleeds and lives. Closing with Sol’s fragile voice repeating the refrain 'one can never really stay’ it is a hugely evocative opener to an equally atmospheric album. 'Diamond Cutter of the Jagged Mountains’ merges melancholy and solitary acoustic notes with swathes of burning, molten guitar that hovers crackling and twisting over the steady rhythm of the drums and the growing synth strings. Echo and feedback shimmer around massed waves of six string attack, recalling both Tenderness of Wolves era Six Organs Of Admittance and Arc/Weld period Neil Young. This is a guitar album, make no mistake. Next, title track 'Rupture of Planes’ is a reflective and highly melodic piece of classic psych that soaks up the darkest of Americana and adds the heartbreaking sheen that Prana Crafter effortlessly cloak their music in. Following this, 'Moksha of Melting Mind’ starts with waterfalls of cascading notes over which heavily distorted guitar and insistent bass drive ever forward into a swirling psychedelic dream, guitar lines spiralling and echoing through the woods, across the hills and into the forests. There is almost something ritualistic about Prana Crafter; something of a ceremony around their music as it builds into both fury and beauty. 

'Tara, Do You Remember the Way’ by contrast is a gorgeous reverb drenched, late night ballad. Both haunting and affecting, one can almost picture the vast star filled skies overhead; this music conjures pictures and landscapes. 'Treasure In A Ruin’ begins with carefully picked, chiming notes and an ominous, deep and distorted guitar melody; the veritable calm before the storm, something approaching in the air and the rustling of the trees. Keyboard and strings glisten and layer, building the sense of controlled tension and anticipation as the storm passes by with shudders of guitar and growing, unsettling drones. In amidst the fury and the tension however, as always with Sol’s music, there is an overarching beauty, just as there is in the nature he surrounds himself with when writing and recording his music. 'Dharma Dripping Lotus’ is a meditative and gentle flickering candlelight; acoustic guitar cascading and looping around melodic runs and a hazy, oscillating background of strings. The skies darken with synth notes and hugely exciting, corrosive bursts of guitar until the sun appears again with organ and a Floydian sense of warmth and reflection. 

'Vessel’ is a beautiful and heartrending slice of autumnal magic (Sol’s voice is a large part of this; the man can bring tears to your eyes with a simple line or sentence) whilst 'Birth Of Blooming Thunder’ evokes the sound of standing under a thundercloud as the sky and land crackles and vibrates around you, various guitars employed in seamlessly layering the growing hubris and storm. Next, 'Fog Has Lifted’ reassures, another late night gem of gentle, nostalgic and warm melancholy which is then followed by 'Prana Crafter’s Abode’, a seriously atmospheric, twinkling mood piece that drifts and flows carefully and deliberately towards a lovely, light of dawn ending. The album closes with 'Mudra Of The Mountain Throned’ which combines solemn and processionary guitar arpeggios and organ with huge flares of Earth style acid guitar in the most thrilling and, again, alive ending to an album that as a whole stands as a significant achievement; very few people are making music as ambitious, genuine and essential as this. 

Echoing from the forests of Washington this then is the sound of Prana Crafter; your life and record collection is all the poorer for not seeking this out. Take a walk into the trees and inhale the smell of the pines and the evergreens, surrender to the Rupture Of Planes. …..by Grey Malkin…

Prana Crafter is multi-instrumentalist William Sol, recording in the woods of Washington, and delivering a gentle acoustic smorgasbord that might remind you of sundry late sixties/early seventies troubadours, but hey – that’s a good thing. Or it would have been, if they’d opened their soundscapes as widely as Sol. 

The project’s name hints at an eastern influence, lyrically if not musically, but the eclecticism here draws deep from the landscape in which it was carved; gaps within notes like clearings between the trees, and the darkness always close to hand, echoing through the extended atmosphere that is the instrumental “Diamond Cutter Of The Jagged Mountain”; the loping foot-tappability of the title track; the soft caress of “Tara, Do You Remember The Way?”… if you want to play a really good trick on your snobbiest friends, slap an old Elektra or Vanguard label on the CD and make them guess who it is. Because that’s how great it is. 

But better yet, don’t tell them anything. For there are sounds in the forest that you’ve never heard before, and Rupture of Planes knows exactly what to do with them………………..

Walking a finely balanced path between two distinct musical styles, this gorgeous album manages to sound, at times, like the most haunting songs of Iron and Wine, song writing with intensity and spirituality, whilst in other moments produces waves of softly resonating psychedelia that shimmer like a heat haze deep within the soul. 
With a voice somewhere between Sam beam and Old Lost John, opening track “Forest at First Light” is an arresting ballad that leads you softly in, the song enhanced with washes of psychedelic guitar that sparkle around the melody, whilst on “diamond Cutter of the Jagged Mountain” a drifting organ combines with the mellow guitar to create a delightful swathe of lysergic noise that harkens back to those sixties West-Coast vibes. That vibe is also present and correct on the jangly sweetness of the title track, the beauty magnified again on the stunning “Tara, Do You Remember The Way” a song that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it, a truly gorgeous song that curls like wisps of smoke across the room. 
Featuring some heavenly guitar work and a very chilled atmosphere, “Dharma Dripping Lotus” could easily take you into another world reminding me of some of Daevid Allen’s more meditational moments, the atmosphere becoming more trippy on “Birth of Blooming Thunder”, the guitar focused and edgier. 
Basically the work of William Sol, this wonderful collection is for those moments of quiet contemplation, to be enjoyed by candle light and shared with those you love, the album seemingly summed up by the space laden guitar wanderings of “Prana Crafter’s abode” and the final track “Mudra of the Mountain Throned” a distorted hazy guitar creating a magic carpet on which to lay your head as you drift into the forest of your dreams. (Simon Lewis)…..

Who doesn’t like to be surprised? when it comes to new sounds surely everyone likes to be taken aback from time to time, i wasn’t familiar with William Sol or his music until recently but i had Rupture of planes recommended to me and as soon as i heard 'Diamond Cutter of the Jagged Mountain’, i knew it was music i’d enjoy. 

Prana Crafter is William Sol a musician from Washington with a talent for writing skilfully presented folk music that have a habit of suddenly becoming Psychedelic monsters. 'Forest at First Light’ starts of quietly, acoustically in the spirit of all great Troubadours, and then without warning comes crashing drums, and a blistering guitar solo before quieting down again as we’re told “One can never really stay”. 
Gentler and more reflective moments such as on 'Fog Has Lifted’ offer acoustic guitar stylings but allow Sol’s engaging voice to take over in ways that someone as skilled as Elliott Smith was able to do, or Bill Callaghan still can. 
Its certainly true to say that its the vocals on this Lp that often draw you in more than the music. 
There are influences from Pink Floyd on 'Treasure in a ruin’ and elsewhere there’s shades of Neil Young in the fantastic 'Vessel’. That said there are also plenty of heavier moments of distorted guitars to balance out the 12 songs on offer here. 
This is an album comfortable and confident in its own skin, what Prana Crafter/William Sol offer is well crafted music, thoughtful songwriting and some really rather enchanting Psychedelic Folk thats never afraid to evolve or feel like something different, its an album of surprises that rewards you with each listen, and yes, its not what may be described as HeavyPsych, but great music no matter what you enjoy deserves to be shared widely, and this certainly does……..

Tracklist

Forest at First Light 04:39
Diamond Cutter of the Jagged Mountain 04:12
Rupture of Planes 
Moksha of Melting Mind 
Tara, Do You Remember the Way? 04:34
Treasure in a Ruin 05:15
Dharma Dripping Lotus 
Vessel 05:58
Birth of Blooming Thunder 04:34
Prana Crafter’s Abode  
Fog Has Lifted  
Mudra of the Mountain Throned 03:44   

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