southern california

southern california

Henderson, Oken - When all the Birds Die Away

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Mike Henderson and Chuck Oken, Jr. have been playing music together for well over 30 years in Southern California in the town of Claremont on the outskirts of Los Angeles, in a land that comes before Coachella, Joshua Tree, and the Salton Sea. This is the opposite of Topanga, an Inside Land where the maps of the soul are drawn in the suburbs, malls, and bedrooms of our lives. This geographic region is The IE -- The Inland Empire. "When All the Birds Die Away" starting with a kind of electronic bird chatter set to space synths and giant backdrops of drones and cosmic bliss, leading to a lone piano figure gently rippling through the haze, as space synths swoop all around. Throughout its length, the track remains calm and cosmic, but there's always this undercurrent of solid texture allied to the slowly unfolding effects and that wondrously slow piano motif. Out of the depths emerges a set of sustained slide guitar textures that rise up and add extra layers to the track, as the intensity of the drone increases and the piano is ushered into more of a backdrop role before combining with the new drone layers. As a slice of multi-textured, spacey, spacious and expansive music, it hits the spot from start to finish as you remain transfixed to every moment, with a decided Fripp & Eno flavor running in and out of a highly original and superb piece of music.