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Holley, Lonnie – “Just Before Music” – [Dust-To-Digital]

mickeyslim   1/30/2013   12-inch, A Library

L. Holley (aka The Sand Man) is an artist based in Alabama who works with soft sandstone to create abstract shapes and uses recycled found objects to create small to large scale sculptures. He started making art carving tombstones after his sister’s daughters died when their house burned down… and it probably went uphill from there. Apparently this guy’s house and yard is littered (pun intended) with all the found object sculptures and his neighbors weren’t particularly happy when he moved in. Check out some of his work in the liner notes.

The music, on the other hand, is a politically inspired, completely improvised, hallucinagenic dream that takes you through passages of your morphing mind. The lyrics, being totally made up on the spot, are sometimes repeated several times giving it a chantlike sound, and he isn’t particularly eloquent. The music in the background is kind of ambient organ sounds; fluid and ethereal, imaginative, creative, and active. Sucks you in and won’t let go, almost to the point where it feels like you’re creating it with him. Some of the lyrics are silly, but it’ll just be another Morris Minor fav

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