Dwelling in the protective nature of the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas, Kevin Blagg is a musician, sound artist, and vinyl record curator. Born in the early years of the Me Decade, Blagg has had a creatively long musical and artistic journey. Not to mention, he has prodigiously deep esoteric knowledge of rare funk and soul and krautrock.
With many past musical projects in his back pocket (mostly of the rock guitar and hard soul dj varieties), Blagg is firmly equipped with a well-tuned ear on the pulse of organic sounds. Since his school days at the Kansas City Art Institute, Blagg has always heard sound as a form of painting. His senior thesis was artist collaborative with whom he constructed unorthodox instruments using found objects and rewiring discarded electronics.
Blagg’s recent musical projects have included playing various guitars for serious audiophile Dante Carfagna on Carfagna’s “Express Rising” albums (on Numero Group). For his current solo work, Blagg’s use of blissful instrumental guitar atmospherics is otherworldly, think classic era 4AD mixed with the more cerebral moments of 90s era Kranky filtered through a 21st century modernist lens of pure astral knowledge.
Illuminations is the first vinyl excursion from Cellophane Garden. Continuing from last year’s CG-1 cassette, Kevin Blagg creates celestial guitar communications that project past the planes with occasional bursts of percussion from confidant J. Seymore. Oh yeah, it’s down-tempo drone for sure, but it adds elements from past heavens (80s 4AD, 90s Kranky) that are all focused through the now oracle. Meditative and stunningly breathtaking, one will discover newly painted sounds upon each listen that will rekindle the deep connection.
Cellophane Garden’s Illuminations is Drawing Room’s second edition to its Bootleg Series. Limited to one-time vinyl pressings of one hundred copies, the series showcases artists and albums in an adventurously intimate setting. An unlimited digital release is also available for each volume.
Illuminations will be out on Friday October 7, 2016.