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Lunar Gardens

by Possum

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Standard edition pressed on Black vinyl and features a printed inner sleeve of additional artwork by The Oscillitarium

    Includes digital pre-order of Lunar Gardens. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases July 2, 2021
    item ships out on or around July 1, 2021

      $25 CAD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The special edition vinyl will be pressed in a 4 colour combo (Cobalt, Tangerine, Orchid, and Violet) Colour-in-colour with splatter pressing never previously attempted by the pressing plant plant (official pictures forthcoming!) and will also includes "Transmissions from the Lunar Gardens by The Oscillitarium," a 11.5" x 11.5" 12 page booklet is printed on coated 100lb stock of additional full bleed polaroid images taken by The Oscillitarium as part of the artwork process.

    Includes digital pre-order of Lunar Gardens. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases July 2, 2021
    item ships out on or around July 1, 2021
    edition of 200 

      $33 CAD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Lunar Gardens. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases July 2, 2021

      $8 CAD  or more

     

1.
Clarified Budder
2.
3.
Heywood Floyd
4.
Guest of the Moon
5.
Leyline Riders
6.
Moonjuice
7.
Dance of the Eclipse
8.
Lunar Gardens

about

Telepathy. ESP. Thought transference. Ley line riding. Welcome to Possum’s Lunar Gardens: a psychic exploration of the collective cortex, the capture of cosmic energy and the alignment of astral flux.

Entirely self-produced and recorded in communal sessions outside city limits, the quintet of Brandon Bak, Tobin Hopwood, Patrick Lefler, Christopher Shannon, and Bradley Thibodeau intently explored new directions at the intersection of influence and intuition. Lunar Gardens’ only passing resemblance to the group’s 2019 debut Space Grade Assembly comes in the jagged guitar and driving rhythm of opening track Clarified Budder. As the LP veers into heretofore uncharted realms; jazz, komishe, funk, and psych all project forth in waves of cerebral creation. From the succinct Gala At The Universe City into the flowing Heywood Floyd, the LP's extended palette and extended chords provide the perfect support for Hopwood’s trademark horn-like guitar splatter. Add in Gala’s observations that “Sacred shapes are every place, they are a sign” and one can almost see the universal meeting of the minds.

Possum elaborate on the contrast between Space Grade Assembly and Lunar Gardens:

“While Space Grade Assembly dealt more with space in a cold literal sense, Lunar Gardens’ approach is more 'space as metaphor for consciousness in all of its infinite expanding fractal forms', a surrealist escapist space fantasy of impossible spaces — the type of place you might go when the things are too heavy here in 3D. If we were talking movies, one might say Space Grade Assembly is 2001: A Space Odyssey and Lunar Gardens is The Holy Mountain.”

As the album folds forward with equal doses of precision and improvisation, the breadth of Lunar Gardens becomes even more apparent. Ranging from the psych jazz of Guest Of The Moon to the musical mission statement that is Leyline Riders, with its Mwandishi era Hancock groove, Possum achieve that magical feat of drawing on the past while sounding completely contemporary. Perhaps Leyline’s questioning verse, “Can these prisms modulate space outside of time?” has already been answered; one just needs to listen closely. The astonishing ensemble playing continues for the remainder of the album, through the staccato groove of Moonjuice to the space jazz drone of Dance Of The Eclipse, all culminating in the title track: the Wyatt-esque Lunar Gardens. This finale acts as the comedown, a reading of the sights and sounds one has just experienced transversing the album’s universe and ensuring a soft landing for all.

Not to be outdone Lunar Gardens is presented in its physical form with stunning effect by Possum’s constant collaborators The Oscillitarium. sisters Sarah and Sophia Bassakyros with Tobin Hopwood went deep into experimental photographic techniques utilizing light from multiple projectors, mylar reflectors, crystals, glass, gelatinous globs, plantlife and liquid manipulated colour to weave an enchanting lunar ecosystem for the album’s expansive artwork. Intermingling visual feedback loops by rephotographing and reprojecting and capturing images in video, 35 mm and polaroids film; nothing was artificially enhanced in post production in an effort to stay true to the live synergy experienced in forging this nostalgic phantasm. The mixing of mediums is akin to the band’s own process of nodding to the past while gazing to the future.

The alchemical results are prominently featured on the vinyl’s album jacket and printed inner sleeve. A special effect, limited edition pressing will be available in a 4 colour combo (Cobalt, Tangerine, Orchid, and Violet) Colour-in-colour with splatter pressing never previously attempted by the pressing plant and will include 'Transmissions from the Lunar Gardens' - a 12 page booklet insert of full bleed polaroid captures taken by The Oscillitarium.

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releases July 2, 2021

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