Guardian Alien – See The World Given To A One Love Entity

Image: 1574289 Guardian Alien is a free wheeling ensemble coming into its own, having found just the right balance between structured arrangements and wild abandon. Helmed by Greg Fox, who has lent his percussive force to the likes of Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, and Liturgy, the ensemble was initially an extension of his solo music (GDFX). It rapidly took on its own identity and expanded to a core group of Greg (drums, vocals, electronics, arrangements), Alex Drewchin (vocals, synth), Turner Williams Jr. (shahai baaja), Bernard Gann (guitar and also of Liturgy), and Eli Winograd (bass), all of whom have lent their expansive talents to numerous other projects.
Guardian Alien’s Thrill Jockey debut, See the World Given to a One Love Entity, is a 40 minute psychic/psychedelic meditation that is driven by an intensity that is at once expansive, focused, and heavy on multiple levels. The overall arc of the album is transportive and trance inducing. The cover artwork painted by Turner Williams is based on a specific and particularly weird experience of Greg’s. It mirrors the music in its open-ended playfulness and true psychedelia.
To say that the music of Guardian Alien is also meant to be an experience is an understatement. According to Greg, See the World Given to a One Love Entity is about opening the heart, healing, forgiveness, and visualizing and manifesting a new global compassion. Guardian Alien was very much born of the live performance so it is fitting that their first fully conceived album was recorded at Shea Stadium, the band’s spiritual home, which is run by Greg’s cousin Adam. It was mastered by Heba Kadry at the Lodge (Wooden Shjips, Eternal Tapestry). See the World Given to a One Love Entity is a single composition with a strong, singular vision. It is the culmination of a band coalescing as a group while heedlessly delving into the depths of the psyche driven by their core desire to expand their horizons, both musical and otherwise.

Guardian Alien is a Brooklyn based group led by drummer Greg Fox (Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Man Forever, Liturgy, GDFX) and features Alex Drewchin, Bernard Gann (Liturgy), Turner Williams Jr., and Eli Winograd
Greg Fox was voted New York’s best drummer of 2011 by The Village Voice
See the World Given to a One Love Entity was mastered by Heba Kadry at The Lodge (Wooden Shjips, Eternal Tapestry)
Guardian Alien will be performing at this year’s Hopscotch Festival and will tour the US during August with an appearance at one of Thrill Jockey’s 20th anniversary shows in the fall
CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package. LP version includes fully artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon. First 500 LPs are pressed on translucent gold vinyl, remaining copies on black
“Guardian Alien follow the road to enlightenment previously trod by the likes of Hawkwind and other space adventurers...[a] trance epic of guitars, synths, drums, and caterwauling vocals” - Free Music Archive
“Mr. Fox’s drumming was mesmerizing as usual, the rapid beats changing shape with pronounced and uneven kick-drum patterns...Bernard Gann played scrabbling electric-guitar leads...and Ms. Drewchin’s singing sounded completely impulsive, unprogrammed, free.” - The New York Times
“electronic and otherworldly textures tessellate against a vast and empty expanse, space gorged on those tremendous beats, guitars that squeal and slice like the bass of Lightning Bolt, and actual bass that hovers like a dark and curious cloud. There are wall-covering shrieks and militaristic repetition, head-down breakdowns and tangential rips.”
- Grayson Currin, Hopsctoch Festival Erhältlich ab 10.08.2012
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