Title - 'Another World'
Artist - The Man From RavCon
Having founded, performed and recorded for over a decade with well respected Charlotte, NC power-pop outfit, The Ravelers, multi-instrumentalist Mike Brown has chosen to take a completely new direction with his latest project.
No longer feeling the constraints of maintaining a band with live performance obligations, Brown has taken full advantage of this freedom by pushing his music beyond the expected.
As The Man From RavCon, Brown now focuses on creating adventurous and atmospheric instrumental music featuring Mellotron enriched arrangements accentuated by piano and organ, interweaving synths, throbbing bass, dynamic percussion, and melodic guitar.
The first four Man From RavCon releases, Zombie Pimp Cowboys From Outer Space! (2010), Everything Is Golden (2010), Rides Again (2011) and Night of The Beast (2011), explored the sounds of spaghetti western, surf/instro rock, blaxploitation and B-Horror Cinema.
With the arrival of The Traveler (2012), The Man From RavCon took a large step forward by effectively consolidating his various influences into what Creative Loafing praised as his "most organic and integrated release to date."
Described by listeners as kaleidoscopic, stratospheric, transcendent and euphoric, Skyscraper (2013) further integrated The Man From RavCon's varied influences, and received positive press from a number of sources.
The Puzzle Master (2015) and Strange Universe (2016), delved deeper into progressive rock territory, and featured weaving synths & guitars, soaring mellotron, and alternate rhythms that provided listeners with an even more expansive sound.
Releasing June 22nd, The Man From RavCon’s ninth album is entitled Another World and as much as it may be considered a somewhat more accessible work than his most recent offerings, it is still no less adventurous in scope.
2. 'Satellite Flight'
3. 'Max The Cat'
4. 'Code Red'
5. 'Promised Land'
6. 'The Garden'
7. 'A Peaceful Transition'
8. 'Another World'
9. 'Pole To Pole'
With contributions from guitarist Larry Smith (who also performed on Starlight from The Puzzle Master), and flutist Jeff Eacho, they both help to lend some tracks a more lighthearted, breezy vibe, if you will.
We begin with the delicately emerging beauty of 'Colossus', which also, complete with an addictive drum and bass back beat, happens to be my own favorite track here, and that's backed by the slightly faster-paced 'Satellite Flight.'
'Max The Cat' is an interesting mix of perky, playful vibes and influences and is followed by the drumtastic, and bassalicious tone of 'Code Red.' The guitar-driven 'Promised Land' is a foot-tappin' beauty, of that have no doubt, and that's backed by the Floyd-esque 'The Garden.'
'A Peaceful Transition' is a genius work of musical growth, and that's backed by the jazz-lite wonderment of the title track, 'Another World,' with the album (sadly) coming to and end with the '80s synth tech sounds of 'Pole To Pole.'
'Satellite Flight' Video