It's exciting when you play a record like this for the
first time and realize that you're going to get exactly
what you had hoped for. This becomes wonderfully clear by
the start of the second track of Monomyth; the driving
percussions of Rapoon are woven perfectly with the light,
intropective drifts of Birds Of Tin. All the little
adornments, touches and unexpected moments are in place,
here and there, signposting your journey into a work that
stays interesting and even changes, listen after listen.
Monomyth manages to sound both tribal and futuristic all
at once. A flight over haunted, surreal byways,
unfigurable landscapes, the joining point of all
spiritual elements and ideas. Those elements become
expanded, magnified into something greater than just
another Rapoon or Birds Of Tin disc. This record is what
all collaborations try to achieve; the best techniques
of two artists, melded into something beyond either.
Tracks like 'Lost, Probably' and 'Cast The First Stone'
get into these heavy grooves that just shatter any
ability the listener has to focus elsewhere. These are
the best parts of things like Rapoon's 'Kirghiz Light'
or 'Dream Circle', but limned with the glowing depth of
Birds Of Tin's dense, drifting waves and flows. Like lava
poured out onto the air, these elements shift and move
and compete for space, much like the hallucination
sequence in the movie 'Altered States', or the final
trip in '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Nearing the end of this
disc, the listener senses an aspect of drastic change and
personal elevation. Things are different, and Monomyth
has told the story behind that.
1 Gravida 7:49
2 Holla's Fountain 11:12
3 A Frequent Returning 5:39
4 Lost, Probably 6:52
5 Fetch 15:10
6 Multiform 4:40
7 Cast The First Stone 16:50
Design [Other Design] – Oates*, Manifold (5), Storey*, VM Harrigan*
Painting [Watercolor Painting] – Nathan Oates
Total time: 68:15
Monomyth - A Collaborative Work by Rapoon and Birds Of Teen
Original Recordings made between December 2001 and March 2002.
Published 2004 by Manifold Records.
All material copyright Robin Storey and Brooke Oates.
Where there is doubt, there is freedom. - Latin Proverb.