I've been listening to this behemoth of math rock improv from Tera Melos titled, "Echoes on the Hills of Knebworth." Apparently, after recording their latest album, Patagonian Rats, they'd acquired a surplus of studio time enabling them to go into Ascension mode for one 51-minute free form instrumental track, which they're hoping to sell at $5 a download so as to fund their upcoming tour.
There's also a documentary being released on Tera Melos that covers their tour with Marnie Stern from earlier this year. That's the one I missed thanks to the stomach flu, which I keep harping on but...
I'll get over it, eventually.
In the meantime, check out the track and maybe contribute to the band's tour. All below links come courtesy of Us/Them Group.
Tera Melos release new 51-minute song, tour documentary trailer and announce UK/Ireland dates
"Once in a rare while an album comes along that's so fresh and ingenious it redefines what's possible in a field of music. It's been some time since a trio armed with guitar, drums, bass and vocals have shattered the boundaries of convention and pushed the limits of their instruments and compositions like a graceful tsunami of invention." -- Exclaim!
"Tera Melos has ferociously explored the outer limits of bizarre time signatures and unhinged thrash since its self-titled 2005 debut. But the band's full-length, Patagonian Rats is more akin to the type of freak-pop perversion dished out by daring pioneers like Devo and The Flaming Lips." -- Wired.com
Sacramento genre-benders Tera Melos have released a new 51-minute-long track called "Echo On the Hills of Knebworth" in an effort to raise funds for an upcoming UK/Ireland jaunt this summer (see complete dates below). Additionally, a full length documentary of the band's recent co-headlining tour with Marnie Stern was shot by Terroreyes.tv for release later this year. The trailer, with snippets of behind-the-scenes road antics and live footage can be seen HERE.
Tera Melos' lengthy new song is culled from an extensive improvisation recorded in the studio while completing their most recent album, Patagonian Rats. Fans are asked to donate a $5 minimum to download the song, with all proceeds going directly to the band to offset travel costs for their upcoming first tour in the UK and Ireland. Here's how the band explains the release.
The group launches its overseas dates with the Forbidden Fruit Festival (w/ Flaming Lips, Aphex Twin, Battles and many more) in Dublin, performing on the stage curated by Sargent House sibling label The Richter Collective (home of breakout trio Adebisi Shank).
Tera Melos' most recent album Patagonian Rats landed on many Best of 2010 lists, as well as receiving raves from Wired.com, Exclaim!, ALARM Press, Impose and Exploding In Sound. Marnie Stern also named it her favorite album of the year in SPIN. MP3 and video links follow below, or stream the entire Tera Melos discography via Bandcamp.
TERA MELOS UK/IRELAND SHOWS 2011Jun 05 - Dublin, IE @ Forbidden Fruit Festival
Jun 06 - London, UK @ The Macbeth *
Jun 07 - Brighton, UK @ The Hope *
Jun 08 - Bristol, UK @ The Cooler *
Jun 09 - Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Cafe *
Jun 10 - Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club *
Jun 11 - Birmingham, UK @ The Temple (HMV Institute) * w/Shapes, &U&I
Jun 12 - Leeds, UK @ The Well *
Jun 14 - Glasgow, UK @ Nice N' Sleezy *
Jun 15 - Cork, IE @ The Crane Lane Theater
Jun 17 - Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh w/ LITE
Jun 18 - SECRET SHOW TO BE ANNOUNCED.
* w/ Tangled Hair
Artist: Tera Melos
Album: Echo On the Hills of Knebworth
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
01. Echo On the Hills of Knebworth (STREAM)
Artist: Tera Melos
Album: Patagonian Rats -- Deluxe Digital Edition
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
01. So Occult
03. The Skin Surf (VIDEO)
05. Trident Tail
06. Frozen Zoo (MP3) (any file format) (VIDEO)
07. In Citrus Heights
09. Party With Gina
10. Another Surf
11. Westham United
12. A New Uniform/Patagonia
13. Purple and Stripes
15. Manar The Magic (MP3) (VIDEO)
16. Melt Bamanarnana (Melt Banana Remix)
17. Manar The Magic (Pat Hills' Rat Trap Dub)
18. Manar Was A Rat
19. Frozen Zoo (Thawed Out Mix) (VIDEO)
20. Frozen Zoo (Raleigh Moncrief Remix)
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