Scott Crossman - Electronics (II)
Michael Pierce - Guitar
Michael Potter - Guitar, Yamaha Keyboard, Drums
Thom Strickland - Guitar, Vocals
Ben Vance - Drums (IV)
Edited and mastered Spring 2016 by Michael Potter
Artwork by Jeremy Kiran Fernandes
"Michael Potter is a relentless experimenter. With each successive record from the Electric Nature — and there are many — it’s impossible to predict what side of his many songwriting personalities you are going to get. The pop deconstruction and sound collagist that delivered Mount Analogue and Ancient Astronauts and Medicine Men? The freewheeling psychedelic tunesmith that gave us Drugs in My Space Face and the Sunspot EP? The meditative drone enthusiast that crafted Lungrakes and Alienation? The list goes on.
So it should be no surprise that on Dark Sun Sets Circle, Potter pivots once again. Recorded live in Athens and Atlanta between September and November of 2015, the new album is an epic four-part improvisational drone and ambient noise dirge that’s as unsettling as the record’s grim artwork would suggest. Despite his willingness to explore the frayed edges of the outer cosmos, Potter has, for the most part, maintained a passing semblance to rhythm and structure in his compositions. But here he lets loose whatever remaining tethers he had left and tries to peel back the fabric of the universe.
Accompanied by a patchwork network of supporting musicians, including members of Cult of Riggonia, Smokedog, and Genetic Outcast, Potter unfurls over fifty minutes of buzzing cinematic upheaval consisting of fractured field recordings, discombobulated percussion, tattered guitar eruptions, cryptic white noise, and who knows what else. At times it sounds like a horror movie soundscape that’s been chopped into pieces and sewn back together. At others it feels like you’re tripping balls inside a sheet metal factory. For the listener, it’s a test of will and endurance to see how far you can make it through before tapping out or succumbing to the sinister vibrations and haunting echoes that lurch at you through the unremitting hum of darkness.
Michael Potter has never been shy about testing boundaries; this time, however, he decided to ignore them entirely. Listen with caution."
Moe Castro, Immersive Atlanta
"Composer Michael Potter has a new cassette album out through his project The Electric Nature. Joining him on this round of exploratory merriment are Scott Crossman, Michael Pierce, Thom Strickland and Ben Vance. The four-track record is titled Dark Sun Sets Circle, and the pieces are “Dark Sun Sets Circle” I–IV. This harshly aggressive instrumental work punches hardest on the second track after opening up kinda gently on the first. There's no way to reasonably experience this, though, without simply sitting back and letting the noise float through you. It's all actually quite musical if you give it half a chance, and Lord knows I gave it a full one. Go and do the same."
Michael Potter has been recording noise, drone, and experimental music since the mid-1990s. Taking up the name The Electric
Nature sometime in the late aughts, he has used the moniker for several different groups of live performers as well as a plethora of home and studio recordings....more