Mountain Ocean Sun
Warren Defever is very well known as the one constant member behind the wonderful group His Name Is Alive. They are still one of my favourite ever bands, with the albums 'Livonia', 'Home Is In Your Head', and 'Stars on ESP' being three of my favourite records by anyone, ever. 'Home Is In Your Head' actually helped to inspire the name of the label itself 'Home Normal' so imagine my delight when shyly approaching Warren about a release, he agreed to put out his collaboration with the incredibly talented artists: Jean Cook, Daniel Littleton (huge IDA fan too), and Hitoko Sakai. The group Mountain Ocean Sun is a free-drone group who perform with only organic instruments. 'Peace Conference' was released back in 2009 on Home Normal.
Here's a little more information about the group:
Mountain Ocean Sun’s search for deep peace, heavy drones, and sound healing has found them jamming with Deerhoof in Detroit, starting an organic music society in the extreme tropical heat of the Matthaei Botancial Garden on new years day, and all the way back to their first performance at a 500 year-old buddhist temple in Osaka, Japan. Bowed strings, harmonium, indian shruti boxes, gongs, ghosts, sea shells and bells are the spirit tools that these elemental earth’s children bring to this sixty-four minute peace conference.
“Recorded on a mountain, in the woods, near a river, a lake, and the city, the summer air was heavy and we sweated a lot. When it was over I was blind. I was pummeled by the minimalixm”
War (livonia michigan 2009) Mountain Ocean Sun is:
Jean Cook – Violin, Viola, Shruti box
Hitoko Sakai – Harmonium, Shruti box
Daniel Littleton – Harmonium, Bells, Kubing
Warren Defever – Bells, Percussion, Gong
Daniel Littleton has spent years playing with NYC’s quietest band IDA, and is also a frequent Tara Jane Oneil collaborator. Jean Cook is a violin-veteran and has jammed with everyone from Jon Langford to William Parker and Assif Tsahar. Hitoko Sakai worked with Japanese noise artist MSBR for years performing, organizing tours, and writing about the Japanese experimental and noise scene before moving to the USA. Warren Defever runs an artspace in Detroit called the UFO FACTORY and is probably best known for his work with His Name is Alive (4AD).
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