[[[[VVRSSNN]]]] (Adam of Yume Bitsu): s/t
This record is called [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] and you pronounce it like "version". Like the b-side dub remix on a reggae 45; like a version of something that happened before; an improvement, a change, a re-vision, an edit. Adam Forkner, aka [[[[VVRSSNN]]]], is a founding member of the bands Yume Bitsu and Surface of Eceon. He's also known for recording and engineering all sorts of bands at K Records' Dub Narcotic Studio, including, among others, Calvin Johnson, Little Wings, Wolf Colonel, Greg Weeks, and Kinski. [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] makes music on his computer, by himself and with his friends. Its like: guitars, sequencers, BEATS, glitches, singing. Lots of singing: songs, weird vocal loops, yeah, there's some voice on this record. It’s a little dark at times, but you won’t get too scared. It’s 21st century feel good all over music. Autumnal in all the right ways. Curl up on a couch. Drive around at dusk in the rain. Go to a dance party and feel alienated. The [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] CD/LP is for these times. [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] (KLP145) features contributions and collaborations with: Dave Longstreth, Jeremiah Green and Eric Judy of Modest Mouse, Phil Elvrum of The Microphones, Calvin Johnson, Rob Kieswetter (aka Bobby Birdman), Franz Prichard of Yume Bitsu, 9078686 (aka Y.A.C.H.T.) of The Badger King. As they say in Portland these days, “get in”.
Artwork of note: the CD version has 8 different covers and the LP covers are hand-decorated by Mr. Forkner and Friends. Bella!
Yume Bitsu: The Golden Vessel of Sound, Part 4
An official announcement from Yume Bitsu: "There are no song titles for this record. Each composition was created as improvised or barely structured music throughout their development as recordings and it feels wrong and contrived to think of words to fit them now. We have chosen to let them stand nude as sonic experiences without, and beyond, the boundaries of the written word. We suggest that you address the songs as you would if you never knew the title. The first song, therefore would be 'Song One', the second 'Song Two' and so on." Sonically, Yume Bitsu has always been a hard band to pin down. Traversing across celestial landscapes imbued with drifting, lilting sheets of ambient guitars, keyboard driven astral landscapes, in-your-face wall of fuzz and occasional harmonious soaring voice, Yume Bitsu effortlessly shift from one end of the psychedelic musical spectrum to the other, with surprisingly successful effect. Yume Bitsu's process of creation, as it has developed over the last 7 years, is as intriguing as the music it creates. They claim that they play forth from "the vessyl" a channel of energy whose output is greater than that of the individual members combined. Accordingly, their approach to creating sound has been more uniform than their output ever has. Nowhere in their ever-growing catalog is that more apparent than on their remarkable fourth full length, The Golden Vessyl of Sound.
Yume Bitsu: Auspicious Winds
Yume Bitsu: spiritual bedroom music. This is their third album, capturing the feel of the dream beats from which they draw their name. Auspicious Winds documents their latest journey through sonic time holes and hazy alter-universes. Four extended epic compositions and one yearning psyche-pop jewel (“Sharp, Twisted”) map out introspective territories, cascading through the subtle nuances of mind, body and soul. Take it and saturate the textures?