As a teaser to the upcoming LP (out in early 2019), Drawing Room delights in offering another cassette of blissful goodness from Kevin Blagg and Cellophane Garden.
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 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 astralknowledge. Kevin Blagg’s Cellophane Garden locates solid ground by focusing on ephemeral shapes and temporal resonance through guitar precision and low frequency soft synths all made up by ambient beds for a quiet evening of aural transportation.
The acquisition of keyboardist Matt Norwood finds Cellophane Garden shifting from studio to stage in 2018 allowing Blagg to conduct and perform live hypnogogic compositions in multi-point perspective. Blagg’s other current musical projects include playing various guitars for serious audiophile Dante Carfagna on Carfagna’s “Express Rising” albums (on Numero Group).
CG-2 is the second cassette format excursion from Cellophane Garden. Like its predecessors, the CG-1cassette and the IlluminationsLP, Kevin Blagg creates celestial guitar communications that project past the planes. Transporting and connective in his tuning with the heavenly, Blagg’s music is divinely meditative. As usual, one will assuredly discover newly painted sounds upon each listen that will rekindle deep connection.