Are you ready to take a mind-bending trip to an alternate universe where ambient drones, avant garde orchestration, and bomb-ass rap fuels the jet engines of your brain as you elevate to a four dimensional realm? Then you are in the correct place, because our good friends at Hausu Mountain in Chicago tapped compelling experimental musician, Eartheater, for our latest edition of Car Tunes and Cartoons, our mix series in which musicians curate mixes and illustrate accompanying pictures.
Eartheater is the solo project of Brooklyn based artist Alexandra Drewchin, whose debut album Metalepsis is full of surprisingly meditative drone tracks and dynamic, experimental noise. It sort of sounds like what an aliens civilizations response to our Golden Record might be if they recovered it and decided to send back a sampling of their own music. It is a collage of psychedelic weirdness, which is why it is not surprising that Eartheater’s mix is assembled with such disparate parts. Check the tracklist below the mix, and you’ll see that Drewchin is all over the place with classic acts like the Butthole Surfers and Björk, wonky rap from Shabazz Palaces, and a tune from the master of contemporary avant garde, Philip Glass.
Basically if you are super into challenging sounds, as well as recognizable names, you are going to have a good time with this mix. Stare at Eartheater’s surreal image, enter the zone of this mix and read a quick synopsis by Drewchin below.
[To be read during first track] “This little sonic and lyrical trip is about busting at the seams in simultaneous implosion while maintaining elegance and centered awareness –– The swagger of an innocent disguised prisoner just escaping from prison –– The determined mind –– the body dancing with micro flexes. This mix is the heated seat of the confident little self driving car, fueled by intuition, steering your glowing intelligence off the road and into the jungle to find it’s unique path. I tell myself while listening to this mix “There are shoots and ladders –– there are possibilities of new systems to be made and ancient ones to rekindle. If you search you will find! –– as long as you know what you’re looking for.”