March 30th, 2010
Anyone else out there a fan of White Rainbow? You gotta be into dense and languid instrumental head-trippers if so. White Rainbow is the stage name of Portland’s Adam Forkner and I ran across his output awhile back perusing the shitty website of the excellent Chicago label Kranky. His pensive and eccentric digi-scapes are akin to early Animal Collective freakishness or Atlas Sound’s taped-up atmospheric sonic patchings (which, as it turns out, are the two primary reasons I latched on). His oddball expositions are strictly off the beaten (Paw) track and I find them intriguingly soothing, to say the least. Song structure is a seldom-used facet for Forkner, unless of course you define structure as anti-structure, in which case we’d have to exchange bong rips to continue this conversation off line. Either way, if you need to shake up the mundane nature of your one-dimensional iPod, I’d suggest delving into some White Rainbow.
And guess what? Forkner’s such a gentleman that he’s cool with a website that’s offered up all five discs of his out-of-print album White Rainbow Box to download for free. (He linked to it himself. This 21st Century music filesharing is really confusing.) It came out on Marriage Records in 2006, but you can head on over to the Big Fat Satanist blog and hit the links. I’ve only heard a few songs thus far, so I can’t give you much else. But I’m pretty sure you already know if you want this or not.
Hat tip: Line Out