500mg is Michael Gibbons of monolithic sounds-great-on-any-substance Bardo Pond. With a name inspired by modern-day shaman Terrence McKenna, 500mg represents the essential “heroic dose” of the lysergic. Let’s just say that at this prescription level, only prolific perception-changing experiences can occur. For Mr. Gibbons, his 500mg moniker is a metaphor for the power that music can conjure for a similar (if not higher) elevation of experience.
The music of 500mg primarily features guitar, all facets. Electric vibrations, acoustic treatments, straight and experimental approaches, and of course feedback are all just par for the course. Other instrumentation and items thrown onto the 500mg canvass include synthesizer, percussion, and modern sampling. Occasional voice(s) can also be heard if you knock closely.
With diverse influences ranging from Popol Vuh, Alvarius B, and Sir Richard Bishop to Earth, Jack Rose, and Skullflower, 500mg is definitely a well-blended trove of peyote treasure. By Mr. Gibbons also heavily channeling his own inner Fripp ‘N Eno, 500mg in purest form is essentially stripped down American komische folk raga, if you can even call it that. It’s fuzzed buzzed blissed goodness for all ears.
With full-lengths previously released on Galactic Dossier/Eclipse Records and Three Lobed as well as a few eps too, “To The Firmament” on Drawing Room represents 500mg’s newest album, and it showcases Mr. Gibbons at his optimal apex.
To The Firmament LP:
"To The Firmament” is the third and finest album released from 500mg, Michael Gibbons of Bardo Pond. Unlike his previous and primarily acoustic guitar affairs, Mr. Gibbon’s latest album showcases a higher level of experimentation and varied sounds and techniques. Samples of viola, cello, trumpets, and other various sound forms are incorporated in the well-established 500mg guitar-based framework. Voices (and not just the ones in your psyche) can also be heard, even prominently on two tracks, one being Mr. Gibbon’s take on the Stones’ “Sister Morphine.”
Programmed and sequenced as two suites, “To The Firmament” takes the listener on a cinematically dreamlike stated journey. Through the album’s use of spoken-word, sub-conscious visions may appear real upon multiple listens. All of this, of course, is quite heavy.
Pressed on 180-gram vinyl with an 11/11” foldout poster included, the LP is limited to 350 copies. An unlimited download version is also available.