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Meditations For Beowulf

by Jeffrey Alexander

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    Jeffrey Alexander (The Iditarod, Black Forest/Black Sea, Dire Wolves Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band, Jeffrey Alexander and The Heavy Lidders, Jackie-O Motherfucker) has been experimenting with sound and art for 25+ years ... these recent solo releases highlight his introspective new age leanings from Providence RI to San Francisco CA to Philadelphia PA.

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    "Jeffrey Alexander – Meditations for Beowulf (Feeding Tube Records)
    Feeding Tube continues to champion some of the greatest underground weirdos around. Case-in-point, Jeffrey Alexander, lead of Dire Wolves, and a man with a long legacy in the DIY music scene since the 90s. The Dire Wolves crew has been busy this year. Their Grow Towards the Light stands out as a highlight of their prolific output. The jams found on that album are definitely tempered on this solo excursion from Jeffrey Alexander. Plethora of instrumentation including string bells, bamboo saxophone, singing bowl, fife and a talking book phonograph (!) fill out a trippy album of psychedelic meanderings. This truly is “celestial navigation music”. - Philosophy Of The World, BEST-ALBUMS-OF-2019 !!

    "Its already been a pretty impressive year from Jeffrey Alexander. The recently released Dire Wolves album is fresh in RSTB’s best of the year and he’s got a solo jaunt on the way from Feeding Tube. This time the maelstrom that marked Grow Towards The Light is tempered. Instead, the album explores solo sojourns through the dark, favoring instrumentals that scrape at the corner debris of psychedelia and churn the subconscious a turn or two while they’re at it. Alexander’s pieces creep through the echo, delicate and dewy with hope in some spots (“Rewinding”) but more often creeping with eerie unease. There’s a dusting of crackle and hiss, not unlike The Caretaker’s most recent explorations into the trauma and trials of dementia, only here the forlorn linger of jazz halls is replaced with a lost echo of bittersweet psych-folk. The memories crumble on like a found hurdy gurdy left to rot in the woods, revived by the ghosts of an intangible past. Wedged between these pieces, Alexander also places two top-shelf psych stunners that don’t go the instrumental route. Traveling down a bit of the Golden Road, he divines the midnight, pre-dawn shivers that would wear well on any release on Child of Microtones. Both songs are haunted and hushed, driven by firelight and solitude. Its a nice companion for recent releases by Ash & Herb and Wet Tuna, among others – a mountain pass primer of nocturnal psychedelic bliss. As usual, both Alexander and Feeding Tube don’t disappoint." - Raven Sings The Blues

    "Jeffrey Alexander's new one, Wayfinding Beacons From Planet To Planet (Pome Pome Tones LP), is pretty dang upfront about its proclivities in both titling and first-noting. This is space-soaked synth/gtr junk from a former Providence dude (Iditarod, Black Forest/Black Sea) who apparently knows his way deep into the prog brush. Parts are like sitting inside an amp that's blasting slow wah-wah chords, other bits remind me of that Okko's Sitar & Electronics LP. Very German at times, but great breath-paced listening." - Bryon Coley & Thurston Moore, Bull Tongue Review

    "Jeffrey Alexander has a long, meandering career in the subterranean depths of the New Weird America, where free/freak folk, post-rock, and experimental electronics intersect. From The Iditarod (who quietly released a posthumous odds and ends compilation on Morc last year) to his recent Dire Wolves project and his shepherding of the now defunct Secret Eye label, Alexander has remained a stalwart practitioner on the outer fringes. For his latest project, and the first major release under his given name, Alexander has produced Floating Lights. “Flutter” is the second track-- a standout session of softly undulating synth and echo that never takes off, but happily orbits in zero-G just on the edge of perception." - Ad Hoc

    "Maybe it’s really not a surprise at all that I’m viewing “Approach Lights Three,” the new video from Jeffrey Alexander from his forthcoming Wayfinding Beacons from Planet to Planet, and wondering whether or not I’m tripping actual balls. Alexander – best known as a key player in experimental West Coast acid folk bands, having cut his teeth in the Iditarod (not the race), and going on to perform in scene heavyweights Black Forest/Black Sea and Jackie O Motherfucker – knows his way around luminous guitar and electronics freakouts, and so, watching his video (directed by Caitlin Denny), with its VHS-quality stream of abstract images and seizure-inducing visual oscillation, and paired with this sound, it’s no wonder I’m checking Earl Grey for peyote sign. As if you can even do that! ... That’s the experience in a nutshell – close your eyes and whatever it is that plays on the back of your eyelids is what you’ve got going on in this video. And that’s kind of the fun of it – Alexander’s music, for this and also Floating Lights, the free EP he recently dropped in advance of the album, is perfect for that sort of planetarium experience. The freeform ambient guitar excursions are next-level transportative, both for the mind and probably for the body – if of course you’re able to evolve to the point where you can fire yourself through space and time." - Critical Masses

    "Brand New Video By Legendary Ambient Composer Jeffrey Alexander.
    We’re honoured to be able to share with you today the video you can find above by ambient experimental folk / electronic Jeffrey Alexander. The track, Approach Lights Three, is off his new album “Wayfinding Beacons From Planet To Planet”. Before you carry on heed this warning: we recommend that you devote all your attention to the video, because it deserves it. No clicking play and reading on this time – click play and stop. You can, as they say, thank us later, when you’ll no doubt be a lot more relaxed after swimming in the therapeutic waters of Approach Lights Three. Jeffrey Alexander is best known for his deep ties to the evolving experimental folk scene since the 1990s; from the acid-folk revival his group The Iditarod helped usher in, to the lavish press attention Black Forest / Black Sea received to his current role on electronics & guitar in Jackie O Motherfucker. The track above is a beautiful, multi-layered, piece of ambient drone – something to lose yourself in and maybe even to find yourself in. There is, in fact, something otherworldly about it and it seems that’s the point as both his newest pieces of work (his solo LP, ‘Wayfinding Beacons From Planet To Planet’ and a free online EP entitled ‘Floating Lights’ released concurrently) will be showcased at a very special Exploratorium event on May 7th in the Tactile Dome (a pitch-black maze experience), where his “celestial navigation music” will be experienced under ideal circumstances." - Louder Than War (UK)

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"Its already been a pretty impressive year from Jeffrey Alexander. The recently released Dire Wolves album is fresh in RSTB’s best of the year and he’s got a solo jaunt on the way from Feeding Tube. This time the maelstrom that marked Grow Towards The Light is tempered. Instead, the album explores solo sojourns through the dark, favoring instrumentals that scrape at the corner debris of psychedelia and churn the subconscious a turn or two while they’re at it. Alexander’s pieces creep through the echo, delicate and dewy with hope in some spots (“Rewinding”) but more often creeping with eerie unease. There’s a dusting of crackle and hiss, not unlike The Caretaker’s most recent explorations into the trauma and trials of dementia, only here the forlorn linger of jazz halls is replaced with a lost echo of bittersweet psych-folk. The memories crumble on like a found hurdy gurdy left to rot in the woods, revived by the ghosts of an intangible past.
Wedged between these pieces, Alexander also places two top-shelf psych stunners that don’t go the instrumental route. Traveling down a bit of the Golden Road, he divines the midnight, pre-dawn shivers that would wear well on any release on Child of Microtones. Both songs are haunted and hushed, driven by firelight and solitude. Its a nice companion for recent releases by Ash & Herb and Wet Tuna, among others – a mountain pass primer of nocturnal psychedelic bliss. As usual, both Alexander and Feeding Tube don’t disappoint. "
- Raven Sings The Blues, 2019

"Welcome to the second solo vinyl album by Jeffrey Alexander, best know these days for the lysergic guidance he provides for SF's Dire Wolves. But Alexander has underground roots that go far beyond his work with the Wolves. Back in the '90s, when still based in Providence RI, he ran the Secret Eye label, helmed a couple of superb acid-folk units and was the person most responsible for bringing not one, but two editions of the Terrastock Festival to the city Lovecraft built.
Since relocating to the Bay Area, Alexander has spent a good bit of time turning Dire Wolves into one of the most elegantly psychedelic bands on the scene, and has also managed to lend an occasional splash of sound to Jackie O Motherfucker. And all of these different arcs make themselves felt on Meditations for Beowulf.
Buttressed by two tracks with vocals, there are six instrumentals that explore many nooks and crannies of experimental logic, running from the doodly keyboard larking of “Turn Your Lights Down Low” to the crackly, throbbing space-wheeze of “Iridescent Clouds.” The two vocal tracks have the lyrics printed on the back, so you can sing along if you like. “Beowulf's Trip” has a stoned vibe that will make fans of the MVEE sound tingle deep down in their souls. And “Sunsplash Your Mind” is a sort of answer song to the well known question, “What was it like to do acid with John Lennon?” The answer is especially intriguing because it posits that Lennon was able to predict the names of Husker Du's three LPs for SST. And also that he could distinguish between and actual LP and a mere mini-LP (Metal Circus) when doing his augury. Pretty damn hep.
As is rest of this splendid face full of smoke. Breathe deep. You'll be glad you did. "
-Byron Coley, 2019

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released July 19, 2019

Celestial navigation music with electric piano, fuzz, string bells, electric and acoustic guitar, bamboo saxophone,
moog synthesizer, dust, singing bowl, space echo, fife, percussion, fake mellotron and talking book phonograph. 

Written, performed, recorded, visually collaged and designed by Jeffrey Alexander in
San Francisco CA (Aug 2017) and Philadelphia PA (Feb 2019). Mastered by Carl Saff.

Note: Certain otherworldly textures inherent to this recording are just that. Do not adjust your audio playback equipment.

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Jeffrey Alexander Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founding member of The Iditarod in 1996, Black Forest/Black Sea in 2003 and Dire Wolves in 2008. Joined JOMF in 2013. Started The Heavy Lidders in 2019. Former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records. Also toured with and featured on recordings by Kemialliset Ystävät, Avarus, Es, Fursaxa, Christina Carter, Gravenhurst, Jeffrey Alexander-Andrea Belfi-Stefano Pilia Trio. ... more

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