The first thing that struck about the new Expo 70 album was the cover: it seems to be paying homage to the classic Flower Travlin Band album ‘Anywhere’ and that itself has me interested, because anyone who is a fan of that band is a groovy mofo!. That groovy mofo turns out to be one Justin Wright, who has been releasing albums since 2003. Now for most people an album a year is prolific, Mr Wright has released over 40! I have no idea how good the others are but after listening to this I will certainly be checking some of the others out.
Two tracks make up this album both clocking in at over twenty minutes there is a third track but that is cd and digital only, and is a mere eight and a half minutes. Within these two tracks or ‘movements’ we are taken on a sonic road trip across America. These are slow burning jams that stretch the listener and envelop them in a blanket of sound . It had me thinking of that Cohen brothers kind of vastness that they use so well in their films. The opening piece ‘First Movement’ is carried by a chugging guitar that serves as a back bone to the music. This allows the other musicians to explore their own space and stretch the framework of the piece.
The ‘Second Movement’ is a synth driven drone that pulses and builds over it’s twenty six minutes. As the layers start to build a complex tapestry of sound comes to the fore. Drums clatter and crash and guitar feedback brings the music to a peak before starting its slow decent.
With a huge variant of releases available this is also a collectors dream/nightmare, but this is about the music and the music is essential and immense
Limited to 160 copies on BLACK vinyl (housed on RED packaging) and 140 copies on GOLD vinyl (housed on BROWN packaging). Stunning and sturdy hand-screenprinted die-cut packaging, including a fold-out poster/innersleeve and insert. 180g high-quality wax displaying visuals by Erik A. Hamline, aka Steady Co.
Sturdy tip-on mini-LP gatefold packaging displaying utterly different artwork from the vinyl edition. Design courtesy of Justin Wright himself. Includes an OBI strip and a bonus track. Limited to 200 copies.
– SPECIAL EDITION:
Strictly limited art edition of 119 hand-numbered copies, which comes with: The vinyl edition on an exclusive color variant – WHITE wax (housed on BLUE pack); A large hand-drawn/silkscreened fold-out poster; The CD edition; An exclusive bonus album called “Beyond From Where We Started From”, with recent trio-mode Expo Seventy free jams of the highest order. Everything housed on a beautiful hand-stitched/silkscreened cloth bag.