else (being a ritual of sorts)
Else is recorded once a year, on a particular occasion, usually in one or two sessions. The recording sessions are theselves ritualistic, but the music does not draw stylistically from any particular tradition of ritual music.
Of Plants #018, 2017 / cassette, digital
Brendan Landis - guitar, 12-string guitar, baritone guitar, contact mics, vox
Norihiro Kikuta - guitar on Breath, Quiet Departures, Chasms, Rivers, Thistle, Thorn
Recorded at Small Fire in Brooklyn, Spring 2017.
VF Industrial #002, 2016 / digital
Brendan Landis - baritone guitar, contact mics
Recorded in Brooklyn, Spring 2016
"So writing is the method of using the word as bait: the word fishing for whatever is not word. When this non-word — between the lines — takes the bait, something has been written. Once whatever is between the lines is caught, the word can be tossed away in relief. But that’s where the analogy ends: the non-word, taking the bait, incorporates it. So what saves you is writing absentmindedly."
"What I’m writing to you is not for reading — it’s for being."
– Clarice Lispector, Água Viva
You can listen on bandcamp.
Of Plants #015, 2015 / cassette, digital
Recorded in spring of 2015 after a long time away. Solo baritone guitar.
Horn is composed by Nick Drake, Trip in a Blanik is composed by Gareth Dickson
You can buy the tape on bandcamp.
"Glacial, meticulous ballads curdling in the acidic interference of the outside world. Few releases this year have crafted such perfect sonic symbolism for the constantly embattled balancing act every individual performs between a calm, stable interior and the chaotic influx of external phenomena." -Decoder
"I like to think of this as being a situation where we can only communicate with someone else through music and listening to this would be the way to explain to them what it means to have a realization." -Raised by Gypsies
"If Else were a movie ... it would be among the greatest stories ever told." -Cassette Gods
"[Landis] strums the six strings sparsely, adds a fair amount of reverb and lets tones float free in space, but avoids such notions as looping a single chord into drone oblivion. Which is always a good thing. The guitar stays as it is and perhaps therefore it is a bit more work to create such beautiful pieces of music." -Vital Weekly