recorded 1999-2006 - by Michael Potter - using various devices at his disposal - except for - "Daniel's Song" - Daniel Zenefski on electric guitar - and - "Greater Square Collective" - a collage of live group recordings with MP, DZ, Sean Dunlap, Paul Warren, Mel Byrd, and Bob Ware - dream dream dream dream dream
cover art by Joe Moresi
released March 17, 2011
"With lo-fi aesthetics and all sounds recorded live to tape, The Electric Nature have an eerie and repetitive nature, the music melodic on the outside although there is something unsettling within or so it seems on ‘I Met Myself In a Dream’, the first track on the sprawling double CD epic ‘Mount Analogue’, that feeling confirmed as ‘Null Zone’ opens in a swarm of feedback and guitar noise and remains there for six intense and hallucinogenic minutes. In contrast ‘Daniel's Song’ opens ever so gently, a drifting boat on a calm ocean of sound, the guitar rising and falling with a gentle swell that soothes and relaxes, leaving you with the necessary energy to tackle the 17 minute intensity of ‘The Greater Square Collective’ impaled and bleeding guitar writhing with percussion around an empty warehouse as you are hooked in the piece slowly evolving into a quieter drone that rises and sings to you of regret, the guitar returning in brief cries for help until both halves collide in a tsunami of noise that subsides into a more melodic and Kraut influenced guitar frenzy and then more sweet melodic drone, in fact there is a fuck of a lot crammed into this track andit has a surprise at every turn, most excellent. Moving on to disc two you will not be surprised to learn that there is the same mix of noise, drone percussion and general schizophrenic strangeness with ‘Vortex/Halo’ sounding like an outtake from ‘Earthbound’ (King Crimson) or maybe Acid Mother Temple, whilst ‘Night Vision’ is gentle and gorgeous, ‘Dungeon’ is epic deep-space drone sounding like Tangerine Dream in 1970 and ‘Mount Analogue’ is 22 minutes of everything combined and I fucking loved it. Music of a very Terrascopic persuasion, check out the site there are plenty of albums to explore including the equally good, but shorter ‘Ocean Portal Waveform’."
Andrew Young, The Ptolemaic Terrascope
"There is something singular about Michael Potter’s music, something inescapably his own. Sifting though all the scattered fragments, you may recognize the pieces—bits and scraps of experimental electronica, post-rock, psych folk, and surrealist pop filtered almost recklessly through an uncompromising drone lens—but the way he strings them together in patterns so foreign and alienating is what makes his music both fascinating and yet difficult to delve into. Potter, alias the Electric Nature, works in totalities, painting his abstract murals of sound on canvases that have become increasingly large and extended; you need to step back before taking it all in. Tracks like “Null Zone” and “Dungeon” are so blown-out and frayed to their core that it would be easy to dismiss them as willful exercises in grating, marginally-sculpted noise. But listened to in the context of the entire album they establish a tension and a looming sense of darkness that only serves to amplify the fragile beauty of the more melodic songs like “Daniel’s Song” and “Night Vision.” These wide sweeping tonal and mood shifts also help to add some much needed color to Potter’s often stark, monochromatic soundscapes.
At over 81 minutes, Mount Analogue offers a dizzying amount of music that’s nearly impossible to absorb in one sitting. It’s also denser and more complex than anything he’s done in the past. This isn’t a record you can casually throw on for pleasure or distraction. This is music from the fringes—jarring, chaotic and fiercely original."
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