PT-23: Francis Roberts - The Friends You Met Along The Way [CS]
Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:43 pm
Francis Roberts (Old Man Wizard, King Gorm, ex-The Dread Crew of Oddwood) is certainly an enigmatic artist. With a pedigree that runs the gamut from pirate metal to progressive rock, his unique take on "dungeon synth" seems to owe more to the Berlin School than to black metal. Our various experiences with Francis' live performances have been - without exception - unforgettable. From a long voidgazing journey taken in a dark cave, where audience members began falling asleep on the dusty floor; to brilliant space-voyages among almond trees under dazzling stars; to a mind-bending underwater-like sonic exploration culminating in a sonorous, explosive sounding of an enormous gong, Francis has never failed to capture something strange and oneiric in these appearances.
Perhaps his most mythical feat to date, however, was his performance at this year's live-streamed Dungeon Synth music festival, Northeast Dungeon Siege MMXX.
As sonic textures began to build upon one another in a thrumming crescendo, and visuals of brilliantly colored nature-scenes danced behind the various synthesizers on screen, it was immediately apparent that something was not quite there - Francis, himself, had disappeared. For the entire half-hour runtime of one of his most magnificent pieces we've heard to date, the performer remained completely invisible. Viewers were alternately aghast, confused, and delighted at the weirdness of this live performance, which was to become legendary among those privileged enough to see it unfold in real time.
We are proud to present "The Friends You Met Along The Way: Live at Northeast Dungeon Siege MMXX" on 50 gold-on-purple-tint pad-printed pro-cassettes in printed O-cards, housed in 5x4" green jewelry boxes topped with vinyl album art sticker. Included is a 3" mini-DVD of the entire performance, individually accented with psychedelic watercolors and stamped with the Francis Roberts logo in purple.
Recommended for listeners of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Jenn Taiga, Lisa Bella Donna, Storm Corrosion, etc
To be shipped 07/31/20.