Sam Rosenthal / jarguna: Sunwashed evening fire (CD)

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A collaboration from Rosenthal (Black tape For A Blue Girl / Projekt Records-founder) and Italian sound-artist jarguna.

1. Evening market of the petal fields > part 1 06:10
2. Evening market of the petal fields > part 2 08:31
3. Evening market of the petal fields > part 3 04:44
4. Evening market of the petal fields > part 4 04:51
5. Lhasa River circles the fading sunset > part 3 09:43
6. Lhasa River circles the fading sunset > part 2 07:16
7. Lhasa River circles the fading sunset > part 3 09:59
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Sam Rosenthal (USA) and Jarguna (Italy) merge with the sunset on their first electronic/ambient collaboration, a work that lingers in the ephemeral dusk of dreams. Sunwashed evening fire’s two tracks (in seven movements) are an evocative blend of drones and synths coloring the margins without overwhelming the music’s essential fragility. Building in muted opulence, the pieces possess a hypnotic allure attuned to frequencies of nature as equally as they are to those of the pulsing electronics. Sensitive sonic montages lead listeners quietly into the twilight where the sustaining ambient moods eventually resolve to rise up again, as in “Evening market of the petal fields > part 3” where Erik Wollo’s Kosmische electric guitar rides atop Jarguna’s analog sequencer patterns.


Projekt founder Rosenthal has created over 20 albums, Jarguna over 30. They collaborated by sending files back and forth across the evening sky with Rosenthal helming the audio editing, mapping and processing to create the album’s final flow.


“I think about when you are in a plane,” jarguna muses, “and in the sunset time you chase the sun falling over the horizon. The sunset seems to never end, time standing still in a layer of colors immersing me in the shades of blue, yellow and cobalt red…”


This duo understands better than most that sound is temporal and needs time to be fully considered; it is only at twilight where we notice and hear the hidden order of life. Existing in the liminal space between day or night, dawn or dusk, wakefulness or sleep, Sunwashed evening fire’s mysteriously fleeting sections form a fitting accompaniment for the solitude of these internal states.


(This already happened) Drone Zone Album Premiere Wednesday July 1 2020 at Noon Pacific, 3pm ET, 1900 GMT: Sam Rosenthal (USA) and Jarguna (Italy) merge with the sunset on their first electronic/ambient collaboration, Sunwashed Evening Fire.

Limited edition: 300
Release Date: July 3 2020

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  1. padmin

    From Exposé

    Sam Rosenthal is best known as the founder of Projekt Records, as well as being the main moving force behind the band Black Tape for a Blue Girl since the mid-80s, but his solo work over the years (as well as his alias As Lonely as Dave Bowman) has produced works that are solidly in the electronic and floating ambient realm. Many of his best releases are collaborations with other like-minded artists (Mark Seelig, Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, etc.). Marco Billi, aka Jarguna, from Florence, Italy is one of those like-minded collaborators who, starting out in 2005 or so, has released nearly two dozen albums – many of them collaborations, and most of them available only as downloads or CDRs. Only in 2019 did he start releasing material via Projekt, with 2019’s Prospettive Animiche.

    The album at hand, Sunwashed Evening Fire, has been a couple years in the making, collaborating by sending files back and forth across the Atlantic, with Rosenthal doing the editing and processing to produce the album’s flow. There are two lengthy suites of floating ambient sounds, the first is “Evening Market of the Petal Fields,” presented in four parts totaling about 24 minutes, a delicate, shimmering and dreamy journey, abundant with elements of field recordings, nearly fading to black between each section except the last. The third part features some sequenced electronics amid the space drifts, where Norwegian guitarist Erik Wøllo contributes a soaring lead throughout the section’s buildup, crashing into a maelstrom of gloomy darkness punctuated by various found sounds, peoples’ voices, and such. By contrast, the second piece, “Lhasa River Circles the Fading Sunset,” at first may seem a more conventional slab of floating ambient sound, divided into three sections for a total of 27 minutes. The first section presents a dense swath of sweeping, shimmering chords that seem powerfully energized on their own, with many textures flowing under the surface, with a long slow fade leading into the second section, which bears an altogether different character, more colorful and moody, slowly fading into the third part where a deeper, more hypnotic form grows out of the mysterious density. The two lengthy tracks together make for an immersive experience that the listener will want to revisit often. -Peter Thelen

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