DRONEROOM: Jesus Year: CS

I came to this cassette with trepidation because of cliché: you have to see it live. In that setting, Blake Conley sits under his cowboy hat, a ridiculous pedal board at his feet, and creates soundscapes. One fragmented riff after another gets thrown onto the effected pile, looped and effected until a whole greater than the sum emerges, again and again. It’s hypnotizing to watch and hear, so I worried that Droneroom might suffer without the visual performatives. Happily, this is not the case: these compositions remain vital even without Blake in the room (though you—Louisville and beyond—should catch him in that capacity if you can.) –Michael T. Fournier (droneroom.bandcamp.com)