Intrepid sonic explorer sets sail atop trusty 4-track, searching for meaning in the face of affliction Like
most projects involving Olivia Tremor Control co-founder Will Cullen
Hart, Signal Morning is an epic, challenging, noisy psychedelic opus of
the highest order.
The first music he’s released since 2001’s self-titled Circulatory
, this new collage of sound and song—featuring Neutral Milk
Hotel’s Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster, and members of OTC—contains
snippets of material dating back to the early ’90s: bits and pieces of
aging 4-track cassettes expertly manipulated and blended with material
Hart has written over the last decade.
Hart can play most anything you
put in his hands, but his real instrument is that Tascam 4-track
recorder. To say Hart is the Hendrix, Perlman or Coltrane of the
4-track is not overstatement. While the broad swath of feelings and
themes on Signal Morning can’t be reduced to any one concept, much of
the album soundtracks the onset of multiple sclerosis, a disease Hart
was only recently diagnosed with, though he’s been struggling with its
symptoms for years. MS may have temporarily slowed the Athens, Ga.,
musician’s output, but it has not diminished its quality.
Listen to Circulatory System's "Round Again" from Signal Morning: