This highly limited tape was released on the Collective Jyrk label back in 2005 for the joint Skaters & Yellow Swans US East Coast tour back in 2005. This tape is dated 2004 around the net but it was dated as being March ’05 by Pete Swanson himself. The tape was limited to 50 copies while the cdr version was 200 copies. The rip below (as made obvious by the pictures) is the tape version.
Note: I have lazily copied + pasted these intros to both bands from other pasted together bios of the bands..
Yellow Swans played a constantly evolving mass of psychedelic noise that is both physically arresting and psychically liberating. Their music is powerful rendering of free rock, black electronics, and white light vibrations. Consisting of Pete Swanson (vocals, drum machine, and electronics) and Gabriel Mindel Saloman (guitars, feedback, electronics), Yellow Swans create a dense ocean of sound using various analog and digital machines, all locked in a spiraling web of feedback.
While The Skaters are California’s Spencer Clark and James Ferraro (now based in Lisbon & Belgium respectively).
Best described as a the moon-chantings of plains indians who found accidental gateways to other dimensions in rotted old trees filled with bioluminescent bacteria.
Over the past three years, since meeting at an all-day improvisational noise jam when they both called San Diego home, Ferraro and Clark have developed, as you can plainly read, an intuitive, radically abstruse language when talking about their music and visual art, informed, in parts, by mysticism and surrealism, in which subjective states of mind and the objective world are intentionally confused to the extent that both fuse into a single, undivided whole.
The end result is not what you would expect — i.e., a pretentious, painfully dry avant-garde free-noise. Quite the opposite, it’s a totally out there, vocal-dominated psychedelia, based, structurally speaking, on the open-ended drone heard in industrial music, minimalism, experimental electronics, folk, world music, and free jazz. And, like the best free jazz — the early, fiery stuff: Trane, Ayler, Sanders — the Skaters’ noise-drenched cosmic soul is driven by their need to, in the words of Ferraro, “grasp something that is beyond what you can verbalize.”
The Skaters & Yellow Swans – Humming Flowers Lattice [Collective Jyrk, 2005]