A loopy new heavy, fuzzy, psych outing from God Unknown Records, courtesy of THE JONNY HALIFAX INVOCATION
Johnny Halifax is an untutored aleatoric free blues outsider. His new collection of sound is an instrumental departure into godless raag brut improvisations, layered, manipulated and sculpted into heavily immersive feral sonic collages. Invocations of an hallucinatory apocalyptic near future.
Previously the creator of junkshop blues skronk one man band Honkeyfinger, which then mutated into the gospel fuzz psych of Julian Cope endorsed
Jonny Halifax & The Howling Truth with their ““slitherin’ electro -programmed slide guitar driven mung worship”, alongside the ambient drone metal noisescapes of Deathenteredinerror, now The Jonny Halifax Invocation channel heavy meditations on the present into an uncompromising free-blues transcendentalism that burn raga-shaped holes into your chakra with searing psychedelic intensity.
Inspired by Henry Flynt’s avant bluegrass experiments fusing country-blues with eastern acoustic musical stylings, Spacemen 3’s contemporary sitar music, and the monolithic drone doom immersion of Sunn 0))), The Jonny Halifax Invocation build hypnotic instrumental soundscapes using lap steel and homemade slide guitars, harmonica and alto sax. Underpinned by layers of acoustic and electronic drone instruments and fed through an arsenal of pedalboard electronics that would make Dave Gilmour weep. The blues are transmogrified, unhinged, reduced and re-imagined as intoxicating, trance-inducing, feedback-drenched noise paintings.
‘Açid Blüüs Räägs: Volume 1’ plays like a psychedelic western movie soundtrack… frenzied electric lap steel guitar suites play to melting cowboy minds. Flaming tumbleweeds blow in slow motion across wide open concrete vistas. Jodorowsky’s El Topo meets Ballard’s High Rise in an apocalyptic knife edge disintegrating urban landscape. Shut your eyes and conjure the best nightmares you’ve never had…..
The Johnny Halifax musical CV also includes studio contributions to releases by Andrew Weatherall’s Two Lone Swordsmen, UK metal behemoths Orange Goblin, hardcore thrash upstarts Heck (formerly Baby Godzilla), and pan european psych noise titans Melting Hand.