(original art for Maherican Dream by Kevin Noonan)
NEW BLAU ALBUM: Maherican Dream
Created like the process of dreaming, the story of recording Maherican Dream started by reaching inside asking what is right in front of our faces. Dreaming of low-lying fruit – LAKE and I swapped records – I would produce one for them (Circular Doorway, recorded in The Unknown, Anacortes) in exchange for LAKE backing me ( a la Nature’s Got Away) at Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia.
(above: Karl and Patrick dialing in the dream at Dub Narcotic, Olympia)
We could end up calling this style Northern Tropicalia – finding invigorating percussion and juxtaposing smooth, rich melodies over a base of softness like tropical sea water. The players of the initial layering of Maherican Dream leaned into one another and listened carefully to the interweaving of sonic textures. Playing with the flat 7 mode and sometimes a sharp 4th keeps the music feeling exotic – over the months that followed the backing tracks Karl crafted melodies to these recordings. Then he wrote lyrics just for the specific feeling of the music.
Lyrically, heavy symbolism (as you would expect, perhaps?) churning with concrete imagery mixes and blurs the lines between reality and dream state.
Named in reference/reverence to Tori Kudo’s Maher Shalal Hash Baz, “Maherican Dream” engages the child-mind to shake up and break down the framework of routine and mindlessness.