New Release: "Ohm: Music for Meditation"

Release Date: April 22nd, 2016
Little Heart Records

The world can be a loud place full of constant interruptions. Analog Cannibal’s newest release — “Ohm: music for meditation” seeks to be a refuge from the phones in all our pockets. Available on April 22nd, “Ohm: music for meditation” is an art print and nine track digital release that takes the listener within themselves.

Analog Cannibal’s music exists between thought and thoughtlessness, the space between consciousness and subconsciousness where the restless mind can leisurely stroll beyond its own sense of id. “Ohm” is a pleasantly odd musical journey — like drifting in a raft on some weird cosmic lazy river.

A series of separate soundscapes, each based on a different droning pitch, the instrumentation on “Ohm” varies as some tracks feature long dark synths and others feature piano or guitar. There is an element of new age in “Ohm,” ambient sounds such as wind chimes, birds, and even whales appear on the sonic horizon. Binaural beats are the basis of each song, a drone of two (or more) different sine waves plays beneath the music, and it is the difference between these pitches that creates the binaural effect. Each track, with peculiar titles such as “Theta 5” or “Gamma 43,”  is named after the binaural neurological frequency band it represents.

Even though the music is rooted in the science of frequencies, there is a deep aesthetic purity to the music of Analog Cannibal. These aesthetics are reflected in the art of James R Southard, who designed the accompanying artwork for “Ohm.” Southard captures the hypnotic introspective nature of the music, as if what is unseen is as important as what is illustrated. Visual art and music are the two halves that construct “Ohm,” and each print contains a digital download code for the album. This is not the first time Analog Cannibal has used a unique approach to merchandising, their last release “Tee Shirt EP” was a tee shirt that also contained a download code for the digital copy of a four song EP.

“Ohm: music for meditation” is a unique experience. Part pseudo-science, part tongue-in-cheek new age. Dramatic at times, but also full of long moments of tranquility. It is visual art. It is music. It is that deep breath one takes before falling asleep, in between sleep and dreams, where anything can happen.

 

bio: About Analog Cannibal

Patrick Hume, a musician and native of Louisville, Ky., started a website called analogcannibal.com in the summer of 2014. This website originally modeled the podcaster format. Not only did it host the now defunct Exile on Jane St. podcast and the original demos to “Ohm,” but it also hosted the Analog Cannibal series, a serialized collection of songs released weekly written and recorded by Hume.

By June of 2015 Patrick had over 50 songs under his belt and had put together a band to play these tunes live. The result was the first Analog Cannibal release, a CD called “Best of - Vol.1,” which is a collection of 11 songs from the site.

After playing a handful of shows, Analog Cannibal immediately released “Tee Shirt EP” in August 2015. Another example of Hume’s fascination with connecting music to inanimate objects, “Tee Shirt EP” is a tee shirt which also contains a download code for a 4 song EP. “Tee Shirt EP” featured the track “Chill Out” which gained moderate acclaim from local press.

Currently, Analog Cannibal is in the studio working on “Best of - Vol.2” due out this summer on Little Heart Records as well as performing live in support of the latest release “Ohm: music for meditation.”

 

Local Buzz

Helmed by Patrick Hume of Lords, Piss Alley, and a ton of other bands, this is not what you’d expect. There is almost a Vangelis kind of vibe to a lot of the songs on the EP. There isn’t anything rowdy or table-flipping about this, as I would have at one point expected of Hume. Clearly there is a lot of krautrock in the DNA here, with a sound that is like Tangerine Dream or Cluster meets Pink Floyd. Or maybe even a little Faust.
— Never Nervous
Kids these days. What will they think of next? The thing is, Analog Cannibal makes music that lives up to that innovation by creating music that refuses to be labeled, comprised of sounds that are sometimes difficult to identify, but fun to listen to.
— Syd Bishop, Leo Weekly

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