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Botony Deepak Verbera

(Limited Edition Colored Vinyl LP)

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Deepak Verbera, the third LP by Austin's Spencer Stephenson aka Botany, bends the beat-driven path carved by the composer's first two records into meterless cosmic territory, juxtaposing free jazz arrhythmia with cathedral-filling harmony, ringing o the temple walls with soaring grandeur. The billowing textures that loomed behind his previous output break unabashedly into the foreground, shedding the beats that once stenciled them in. What arises in the absence of discernible rhythm is a psych-inflected scrapbook of atmospheres with tremendous sonic and emotional breadth.

In essence Deepak Verbera is a soundscape record created through methods usually found in hip-hop; vinyl samples, looped vocal phrases, pulsing bass, and warm synths all shimmer with kosmische-indebted splendor, like Popol Vuh with MPCs and a stack of secondhand records. "Whose Ghost" opens the album in absolute upheaval, challenging the listener to endure an Albert Ayler-style clamor of argumentative drums and brass. Those who weather the storm are soon consoled by the library-music-inspired "Has Appeared" which cleanses the palate for the ascendant, "Ory (Joyous Toil)." 

Its incense laden sister song "Burning From the Edges Inward" plays like a mini-album unto itself, seamlessly shifting moods with each passage as rolling waves of acoustic piano diffuse into smoked-out guitar drones and witch-like choirs. Side A ends with "Outer Verberum," a guitar-heavy track which can only be described as "free-psych." Tracks like "Gleaning Gleaming" are built out of micro-snippets of soul records that cascade over themselves to become something wholly incomparable to their source.

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