Mij Yodeling Astrologer

Yodeling Astrologer

Mij

Paru le 1 juin 2012 chez ESP-Disk

Artiste principal : Mij

Genre : Pop/Rock

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Jim Holmberg aka MIJ/the Yodeling Astrologer neither yodels nor espouses precepts from signs of the Zodiac. This recording, originally title "Color by the Number" is a time capsule of the hippie days in the late '60s, when existential free love ideals and loose morals were justified simply by individuality. In retrospect, where these principles still exist for all the right reasons, the banal musicality of MIJ (Jim spelled backwards) is a clear and telling aspect. Not at all incompetent or untalented, Holmberg takes his cues from period Bob Dylan, the Byrds, and specifically Donovan. What he does beyond those folk-rock icons is to mess with the sonic textures of his music, using natural reel-to-reel tape feedback and echo, sometimes to extreme measures. This forced psychedelia in a primitive way is unique unto itself, though not entirely innovative. "Grok (Martian Love Cal)" exploits reverberation while adding space whistling, clanging guitar chords, and screams. Obsessed with processing, "Look into the (K)night" is a kinda mindless acid trip -- far out, man! A simple guitar framework identifies "Door Keys" on as trivial a subject as possible. But hope arises as echoed tongue clicks, ringing guitar, and metaphysical lyrics cement "Two Stars." "Romeo & Juliet" offers more of a different storytelling perspective, but a thinly veiled statement on the Vietnam war, despite the stereo imbalance for the vocals of "Little Boy," feigns Country Joe's "Fixin' to Die Rag," handling the sentiment in an insular, internal fashion. "Two Stars" is closest to Donovan, as are the pretty tune "Planet of a Flower" using a slight reggae inflection, while the naive "Love So Deep" somehow exudes sweetness. It is hard to discern whether this recording is more skillful than serious, or whether this is simply an amateur just fooling around. There's meritorious musicianship and spotty brilliance framed by innocence and wide-eyed, but seemingly stoned wonder. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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Album : 1 disque - 9 pistes Durée totale : 00:43:46

    Two Stars
  1. 1 Two Stars

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Lyricist Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  2. Grok (Martian Love Call)
  3. 2 Grok (Martian Love Call)

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Lyricist Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. 3 Romeo and Juliet

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Composer Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  6. Little Boy
  7. 4 Little Boy

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Composer Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  8. Lookin' Out Today
  9. 5 Lookin' Out Today

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Composer Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  10. Door Keys
  11. 6 Door Keys

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Lyricist Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  12. Planet of a Flower
  13. 7 Planet of a Flower

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Lyricist Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  14. Never Be Free
  15. 8 Never Be Free

    Mij, Performer - Mij, Composer Copyright : 2012 ESP-Disk

  16. Look Into the (K) Night
  17. 9 Look Into the (K) Night

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  • Descriptif de l'album
  • Jim Holmberg aka MIJ/the Yodeling Astrologer neither yodels nor espouses precepts from signs of the Zodiac. This recording, originally title "Color by the Number" is a time capsule of the hippie days in the late '60s, when existential free love ideals and loose morals were justified simply by individuality. In retrospect, where these principles still exist for all the right reasons, the banal musicality of MIJ (Jim spelled backwards) is a clear and telling aspect. Not at all incompetent or untalented, Holmberg takes his cues from period Bob Dylan, the Byrds, and specifically Donovan. What he does beyond those folk-rock icons is to mess with the sonic textures of his music, using natural reel-to-reel tape feedback and echo, sometimes to extreme measures. This forced psychedelia in a primitive way is unique unto itself, though not entirely innovative. "Grok (Martian Love Cal)" exploits reverberation while adding space whistling, clanging guitar chords, and screams. Obsessed with processing, "Look into the (K)night" is a kinda mindless acid trip -- far out, man! A simple guitar framework identifies "Door Keys" on as trivial a subject as possible. But hope arises as echoed tongue clicks, ringing guitar, and metaphysical lyrics cement "Two Stars." "Romeo & Juliet" offers more of a different storytelling perspective, but a thinly veiled statement on the Vietnam war, despite the stereo imbalance for the vocals of "Little Boy," feigns Country Joe's "Fixin' to Die Rag," handling the sentiment in an insular, internal fashion. "Two Stars" is closest to Donovan, as are the pretty tune "Planet of a Flower" using a slight reggae inflection, while the naive "Love So Deep" somehow exudes sweetness. It is hard to discern whether this recording is more skillful than serious, or whether this is simply an amateur just fooling around. There's meritorious musicianship and spotty brilliance framed by innocence and wide-eyed, but seemingly stoned wonder. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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