Llanos

by Mike Shiflet

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06:13
2.
05:27
3.
11:57
4.
09:25
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about

The car is parked by the roadside a half mile, perhaps a mile, away. We’ve made our way through dense thicket, past enormous oaks and maples and have found ourselves in a stretch of pines that seem to have been meticulously planted, some ancient boy scout reforestation effort no doubt. A lost dog crossed our path at some point, but wanted absolutely nothing to do with us.

Coming to the edge of the pine grid, we find our oasis, a meadow with a perfect mixture of a thigh-high and ankle-length grasses. We lie down and allow ourselves to forget as much as possible. The sun has started setting but it’s still bright enough to illuminate the insides of our eyelids. We have just long enough to soak everything in before we have to turn back and retrace our steps in expanding shadows.

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Llanos is an album not only about late summer evenings spent in tall grass, but also the collision of worlds and tangled webs of memories. Noise, drones and musical elements combine in a futile effort to recreate a perfect moment in a perfect world that could not have possibly existed. The real and the imagined have blurred. The noise and the music have made peace.

credits

released 03 January 2011
Self-released, Autumn 2010.

Recorded intermittently between 07.09 and 07.10.

Production assistance and mastering by Joe Panzner.

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