Jon Porras, one half of Barn Owl, hasn't done too much solo work so far, but on 17th April, Thrill Jockey will release his second album, “ Black Mesa”, a collection of reflexive, instrumental postcards he recorded at home and at the different places where he rehearses. The label calls the effort “a reflection on desolation and the search for light in a barren land.” Built from meditative electric guitars and white noise feedback, the album tells the story of an adventurer who enters the desert in search of the 'Black Mesa', a bridge between two worlds, something like the equivalent of the famous 'Black Lodge' from “Twin Peaks”. Musically, Porras was inspired by Sandy Bull, Popol Vuh and Neil Young.
“Black Mesa” will be an amalgamation of sounds in which ambient, drone, Americana and meditative psychedelics are the main ingredients. Check the result with “ Into Midnight”, the soundtrack to a desolate, post-apocalyptic future.