Float Down the Gorgeous Psych-River of France's High Wolf
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM
(Electric Tea Garden) Mysterious Frenchman High Wolf assimilates the beatific and hypnotic elements of master musicians such as Terry Riley, Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, and Rapoon, and then repurposes them into new forms of sonic enlightenment. In his four-year career, High Wolf has released around 20 LPs, EPs, cassettes, and singles that merit extensive audiophile-headphone time. His new album, Kairos: Chronos, continues to flow down that sweet river of tonal healing, leaving a wake of dubby bass, trance-inducing hand-drum patterns, glistening, FX'd guitar, and spectral chants. It's as if the mystical-hippie vision of the '60s weren't a corny failure, but rather a beneficent reality. Tonight also marks the live debut of Seattle underground-rock supergroup WOTT (Unnatural Helpers' Dean Whitmore, Tom Ojendyk, Walls' Nick Turner, and Climax Golden Twins' Jeffery Taylor.) [Disclosure: I helped to organize this show.] With DJ Explorateur, DJ Veins and Chicaloyoh.