New Comets Ov Cupid Track! COMET TALES 8

https://cometsovcupid.bandcamp.com/track/comet-tales-8

Track 8 in a 9 part series

Comets giveth and comets taketh away.
— Carl Sagan
In Comet (1885, 1997), 337. [Note the context refers to the idea that although perhaps comets seeded life on earth, later comet collisions with Earth could cause mass extinctions.]

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New Comets Ov Cupid track “Comet Tales 4”

Comet Tales 4
by Comets Ov Cupid
Guitar and Keyboard: Jason Kesselring
According to Chambers (1909), there are only a handful of comets which may be considered to be “remarkable”. The list, reproduced below, comprises only 32 comets in the past 1000 years, indicating that we might expect an exceptional comet on average only 3 times per century. These remarkable comets are noteworthy for their extended visibility (including daytime visibility), and their exceptional brightness and spectacular features, which included reddish colors, multiple tails, jets and haloes. The figure at the left shows the Great Comet of 1843 as seen from Kent, England (Chambers, 1909). Because these comets appear suddenly and are seen by a multitude of people, nobody can be claimed as the discoverer. One of the most spectacular historical comets was the Great Comet of 1811 (Flaugergues) which was observed for an unprecedented 17 months. When discovered, it was 5th magnitude and over 2 AU from the sun. The maximum tail length was estimated to be 100 million miles. This comet attracted the attention of Napoleon as presaging his invasion of Russia, yet others wondered “what misfortune does it bring?” (Chambers, 1909).

Comets Ov Cupid review Reviler.org

Very kind words for the new Comets Ov Cupid track “Scorpius! “By my friend Adam Johnson at Reviler.org . Check it out! Review

6. Comets ov Cupid – “Scorpius” (July, 2017)

2017

In preparation of a long-awaited physical release, North Dakota transplant Jason Kesselring offers up another single self-produced six-string divination.

I have to admit outright that Jason is probably my favorite active guitarist in the Twin Cities at moment, and that fact is going to color my opinion, inside, outside, and inbetween all the lines. Nobody else around towns takes the guitar into the territories he does, not quite; and when he’s not slinging celestial lightning bolts with Thunderbolt Pagoda, Kesselring builds and destroys worlds with his main solo gig as Comets ov Cupid.

Fed by King Crimson, Neu!, and the Hubble Telescope, “Scorpius” rides a slide guitar glides through a spacial swara of feedback, never quite beginning or ending. Kesselring has a pronounced talent for building atmosphere, and his latest blueprint is already looking strong and sultry. I’m to understand a full-band release is quietly under construction at moment. So until you and I can get our grubby earthen paws on that piece of stardust, “Scorpius” and its seven-month-separated sibling “Unicursal Hexagram” will have to do for now.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=683244268/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/

 

New Review of “Eko Eko Aradia” from the folks over at Ptolmaic Terrascope!

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A nice review from Ptolmaic Terrascope (http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Rumbles_July_15.htm)

check it out!

“Eko Eko Aradia” by Comets Ov Cupid is a terrific set of four Kosmische drone/synth/effects-laden-guitars pieces, all of which build up a suitably spacey atmosphere. Jason Kesselring is the man behind the project, playing all the instruments, with the album set to reflect the wide-open space and Cold War mystery of his native North Dakota. Opener ‘Sein Und Zeit’ matches phased drones and pads with a deeply reverberated guitar (though it sounds like a santoor or dulcimer). The title track adds more mysterious voices to the sound world, while ‘Fly By The Comet’ is a patchwork of harmonics, sound effects and gliss guitar. Album closer ‘The Infernal Star’ pits an oscillating guitar arpeggio with more spacey effects. Fans of the the music of Quiet World who like a bit of added cosmic mystery would enjoy this. It doesn’t vary too much, but it builds up an effective set of atmospheres if you stick with it.

(www.cometsovcupid.com)

Aural Innovations review of Comets Ov Cupid “Eko Eko Aradia”

Comets ov Cupid – “Eko Eko Aradia” (self-released 2015, CD/DL)

I’ve been following guitarist Jason Kesselring’s work since the early Aural Innovation days, starting with the late great Minneapolis based Space/Psych/Kraut Rock band Skye Klad (who I also got to see live at the 2000 Strange Daze Space Rock Festival). Kesselring went solo with Satyrswitch, a vehicle to explore his interest in Jansch/Graham/Basho guitar styles and other acoustic music. Now based in North Dakota, Kesselring’s solo project of recent years has been Comets ov Cupid, which across his first three albums covered textural Ambient/Drone explorations and blistering Space Rock for the alchemically inclined.

Eko Eko Aradia is the fourth Comets Ov Cupid album and draws inspiration from the 70s German Kosmische pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze and Cluster, as well as ambient/minimalists like Fripp/Eno, Glenn Branca, Earth and Sunn 0))).

The album consists of 4 tracks in just under 40 minutes. All the pieces were played in one take with little to no overdubs. Acoustic and electric guitars are the main instruments, as well as theremin and a Micro Korg on the opening track, Sein Und Zeit, which starts off with expansive yet minimal soundscapes and spartan guitar patterns. Multiple guitar parts are gradually introduced until it sounds like a cosmic symphony of repetitive chordal arrangements and spaced out solos which brought to mind a Cluster enhanced duet between Manual Gottsching and Robert Fripp. This bleeds into the 15 minute title track, which begins with a dark, lightly symphonic drone and strange voice samples that repeat “Eko Eko Aradia”, which I learned from good ‘ol Wikipedia is the opening phrase to a Wiccan chant. The guitar adds to the drifting, cosmically orchestral feel, creating a doomy impression and lacing the atmosphere with swirling and soaring waves of caustically Psychedelic strikes and screeching runs of what sound like an acid damaged violin. The music soon settles into a sweeping yet disorienting minimalist orchestral exploration that straddles the line between intense acid-noise and cloud floating, atmospheric drone. As the finale seeps into Fly By The Comet, we sail along with lightly jamming acoustic guitar and hovering efx’d guitar that’s like a soundscape generating, gliss-like banshee violin, which becomes darkly intense and even a little rhythmic rocking as it morphs into The Infernal Star. And sure enough, the multiple guitar parts start to rock out like some kind of avant-Psychedelic Branca guitar symphony. The intensity increases to apocalyptic levels, with smoldering stoner doom surges and a sense of sheer cosmic corrosion. Yet despite the high intensity skirmish, the music never loses a general perception of meditative drift.

As an artisan/constructor of aural landscapes, Kesselring nimbly blends his classic Kosmiche and ambient/minimalist influences to create a journey into the furthest reaches of Psychedelic color and texture. And he does so without always so heavily drenching his guitar with effects that it’s beyond recognition.

The cover photo is worth a mention as it aroused my interest. It’s a futuristic ruin known in Fortean Folklore as the “North Dakota Illuminati Pyramid”. It’s a relic from the height of the Cold War though many conspiracies still abound as to its real function. When I questioned Jason about it he pointed me to a web site which explained that it was situated on a missile site radar complex used to locate missiles fired from foreign powers at the USA so that they could be destroyed. The base was armed with 30 Spartan anti-ballistic missiles with thermonuclear warheads and sixteen short-range Sprint missiles. How fortunate for the North Dakotans to play host to all that Cold War fun.

For more information visit the Comets ov Cupid web site at: http://cometsovcupid.com
The download is available at: http://cometsovcupid.bandcamp.com

Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz