Excerpts from Michael's short solo sets at Loopers' Night, the monthly live looping showcase he curates at Austin's award-winning Strange Brew, Lounge Side listening room every First Thursday.
1 - "Transparent" - youtu.be/INKmjoehOOE
2 - "The Weirder Half" - youtu.be/rJyja4hjYLo
3 - "Really"- youtu.be/nFNpVQT_gY8
"Haunting, introspective electroacoustic magic...These spacey compositions take on new life as [Michael] rearranges, builds, and deconstructs them on-stage."
– The Untz
• "Transparent" Lyrics:
You wanna talk the erosion of privacy?
Any hill goes, you're bound to find some bones in there.
The holy mountain of the separate self
falls into ocean like an ice shelf.
None of it comes with any anomie –
a bloom of novelty and sunlight, not enemies.
But as our skeletons become transparent,
we would be scared if we weren't sharing it.
• "Really" Lyrics:
Nothing ever goes away, really
It only ever changes shape.
Innumerable masks and shades peeling
off your only lover's face.
We grieve and overcome the late
weeping, stranded in an elder age
but everything has been exchanged
sealing the gone in all that still remains...
We have traded blood and even if you die
no flood can wash away the sky.
In the cold and mud we're left asking why
but love will only answer, "I AM"
We lean on battered hearts and faint
weakened, wounded for the want of taste
but nothing ever leaves or stays, here
cuz Heaven permeates all space...
• "Let It All Get Out" Lyrics:
Let it all get out.
Set it all splayed there on the table.
If we're to make this work,
none of our horses can stay in the stable
chomping at the bit, churning up dust with restless hooves.
So empty your pockets
and unpack the boxes that lay underfoot.
And let it all get out.
Open up your heart and throat and sacrum.
If we're to see this through,
we must see through our explanations.
Squeezing till it hurts, squandering our limited resources,
and begging for the worst
to justify our wasted sacred forces.
It's time for full disclosure, time this cold war's over,
time to own our reasons, time to meet our demons,
time to bare our teeth and let the plovers clean them.
And let it all get out.
Stand up and uncap that volcano.
If we're to live at all we must acknowledge the buried anger
pushing at our doors
a still unexploited energy source.
So dig to the core
and do not be afraid of who you are anymore.
Taylor Mahogany 322e ➝ Boss TU-3 Tuner ➝
Boss PS-5 Pitch Shifter ➝ Boss SL-20 Slicer ➝
Boss DD-20 Delay ➝ Vox V847A Wah ➝
Boss RC-505 Loopstation ➝ Ableton Live
released February 4, 2016