slow names (being a series of journalesque recordings)
The Slow Names series is more like a journal than a collection of albums. It is mostly instrumental, often improvised, and usually focused on following one or two particular ideas at a time. Trash noise, free improv, drones, field recordings — those sounds tend to find their way here.
Of Plants #020, 2017 / cassette, digital
Brendan Landis - guitar, synthesizer
Recorded at Small Fire in Brooklyn, Summer 2017
Photo and design by Brendan Landis
"156. 'Why is the sky blue?' –A fair enough question, and one I have learned the answer to several times. Yet every time I try to explain it to someone or remember it to myself, it eludes me. Now I like to remember the question alone, as it reminds me that my mind is essentially a sieve, that I am mortal.
"157. The part I do remember: that the blue of the sky depends on the darkness of empty space behind it. As one optics journal puts it, 'The color of any planetary atmosphere viewed against the black of space and illuminated by a sunlike star will also be blue.' In which case blue is something of an ecstatic accident produced by void and fire."
- Maggie Nelson, Bluets
You can listen and buy the tape on bandcamp.
“This one really grabbed me... Blissful melodies, dark introspection, and wistful yearning.” -Bandcloud
Of Plants #017, 2016 / cassette, digital
66 mins and 6 seconds of instrumental guitar downers.
Brendan Landis - guitar, melodica, voice. Mastered by Bernd Klug. Sculptures by Shakhed Hadaya, based on a drawing by Melody Laing. Photos by Brendan Landis.
"The vibes are desolate and lonely, whether the song takes the form of a slowly unfolding melody, a shimmering drone, or grinding, clattering noise. It's music of decay, but here decay is only part of a cycle that leads to growth. Coldly beautiful jams." -The Modern Folk
"Vibrant melodies that hang in the air and become clouded with the world around them. Beautiful energy, alive and distinct, gathering traction through measured movements over lengthy times." -Lost in a Sea of Sound
A Matter of Illumination (Slow Names 5)
Wee Space Tapes 2016 / cassette
Brendan Landis - guitar
Mostly recorded spring 2016 in Brooklyn.
Available on cassette only through Wee Space Tapes in New York. (Try Academy Records, or catch David Grollman at a show.)
- Sky Burial
- It's Beautiful and True
- Strange News
- Sky Birth
- A Matter of Illumination
- It Means Something
- The Blandness of Sorrow
Glasswing (Slow Names 3)
Of Plants #011, 2014 / cassette, digital
Brendan Landis - guitar, koto, field recordings, computer
David Grollman - snare drum on Peppermint
Mingo Kazumi - percussion on Peppermint
Greg Gorlen - tape manipulation on She Came Back Pretty Different
Tapes sold out.
- A Few Moons
- So Few They Aren't Worth Naming
- Glasswing (G Train Pt 1)
- The Weaponization of It
- Pretty Feral (G Train Pt 2)
- Shift and Bend
- Flew (G Train Pt 3)
- She Came Back Pretty Different
- Two of / Three of
"Frankly, this is an emotionally draining album. By the end I was noticeably tired. It’s not that Landis asks a lot out of you as a listener. What he does do is draw you into his life sans hesitation. There are ups and downs, unidentified desires and failures that are simply there. It is hard to truly listen/exist with another, the push, the pull, that becomes, by default, the essence of risk. This music teaches us how to live this. It reveals how this is the grandest risk one can possibly take." -The Super Coda
"This has the nice chamber music quality of say Town And Country or Ben Vida's early releases. Quite nice." -Vital Weekly
Turmeric Magnitudes 2013 Of Plants #013, 2015 / cassette, digital
Brendan Landis - acoustic and electric guitars
Tapes are sold out but you can listen on bandcamp.
Of Plants #002, 2010 / CDR, digital
Recorded in Oakland, summer to fall '09.
Brendan Landis - guitar, contact mics, vox
CDRs are sold out.
- Gone Pretty Far Gone
- If It's So Nice Out, Tell Me What I'm Lookin' At
- Autumn with Bricks
- Birds Overhead
- At Least a Few Months
- What Time is it There?
- Worms Underfoot
- I Just Wanna Hear Her Play the Drums Already