Curtain Off the Scene

by Sampson - Carroll

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Sean Carroll: keyboard synthesizer; baritone guitar

Jeff Sampson: voice; keyboard and wind synthesizers; field recording, text

b goodhue: cover art

Burningshirt Music
ASH 46002

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released October 28, 2016

Creativity, desire, open-minded attitude, and opportunity all came together at a Central Massachusetts open mic in the summer of 2001. Jeff had just listened to Sean play a set of guitar-based soundscapes and asked him if he’d like to try doing the same with voice added. The two went back on stage and proceeded to stun the audience and themselves with vocal melodies floating on, and entwining with, gossamer clouds of looped and layered electric guitar.

10+ years later, they are still weaving dreamy, haunting melodies with atmospheric soundscapes.

Both musicians have been playing committedly since their late teens. Both bring playing and listening to left-of-center rock and chamber music to this meeting place of spiritual, ethereal sounds – which is not the contradiction it may seem at first, as the willingness to experiment and explore is a foundation of each.

The music Jeff Sampson and Sean Carroll create is lush and minimal; melodic and drone-like; pastoral and edgy. It places a travel mat in the minds of listeners, coaxing them to go wherever one’s thoughts need take them – wherever their emotional state need be. Over the years, the duo has explored sonic and emotional territory that falls under many different “spirits” – from aboriginal to eastern orthodox, from caverns to lofty peaks, from breeze-filled summer fields to close encounters with introspection.

Sampson – Carroll’s music says many different things to many different people. It’s music from and to the collective heart. The duo acknowledges that everyone who, and everything that, has come before influences what is. They are merely a serendipitous channel.

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Jeff Sampson

no-rules/ progressive/ electronic/ experimental/ improvised and constructed

“...like being stuck inside a huge, haunted castle, straight out of Poe or Lovecraft, where nameless terrors await the unwary.”
— Cyclic Defrost

“...as if groaned by a lethargic vampire singer. ”
— ambientrance
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Track Name: Curtain Off the Scene
there are masters, there are servants -
those without say;
there are quitters, there are doers -
the ones who find a way.
there are bumbershoots and bandersnatch and carriers between
a plynth of might and majesty and places yet unseen.

litter from the sordid past lies languid on the shore
as pleasure domes release the bats and druids walk the moor.

a stretch of cavern walkabouts relives the childhood screams -
playing fodder for the beast that moves within our dreams;
pulling on the shreds of light to curtain off the scene.