Directed Flight by Vortex Navigation Company

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“Directed Flight” by Vortex Navigation Company recorded july 2010. Sean Connaughty, Jason Kesselring (aka Comets Ov Cupid) and Scott Puhl. video shot by Andrea Bursott August 2010. Sculpture created and burned by Sean Connaughty on Lake Hiawatha. Steel tripod fabricated by Dillon Allen. Thanks to Peet Fetsch for canoe transportation.Thanks to Dillon Allen for Sisyphusian pod rolling. Assistance from Justine Sanborn, Judith Allen, Lisa Kiesel, Adam Backstrom, Abigail Raina Connaughty, and Scott Puhl.

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The Satyrswitch -All Music Guide

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The Satyrswitch review -by Richie Unterberger
The Satyrswitch is the acoustic-oriented project of Minneapolis musician Jason Kesselring, who has also been in the groups Skye Klad and Blitzen. Although occasionally other musicians are used on The Satyrswitch’s first album, 2004’s The High Lonesome Sound of the Satyrswitch, much of the material features Kesselring alone on acoustic guitar and vocals. The record is haunting folk with an occasional acid folk bent, enhanced by the use of some chord organ and keyboard sitar.

Skye Klad Feature – First Avenue In-House Magazine – 01.27.99

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Twin Cities psychedelic rock is getting some more exposure thanks to guys like Erik Wivinus of the “internationally acclaimed psych-rockers” Salamander. Wivinus, while being featured in a recent City Pages article, shared his ethics of gigging around town, which boils down to simply “don’t play often – it makes it more special.” That seems to be the collective mind of Solarium, the third in a series of ambient/experimental rock collaborations featuring Wivinus and members of Savage Aural Hotbed, Ousia, and Skye Klad.

In Fact, space rockers Skye Klad seem to have taken the lead on these Solarium nights. As Skye klad’s Jason Kesselring explains, the name Solarium was chosen because it imagines a “science fiction sun ritual.” Sort of a “futuristic space-age tribal ritual,” he says.

Watch for Wivinus spinning international psych music (under the moniker “Miskatonic Observer”) from Italy, Japan, and beyond, and electronic music from DJ below Zero, hailing from Duluth. Optical Alchemy will be splicing a surrealistic video/lightshow together, transforming the entry into a “sun room” full of sound and space.

This will truly be a night of aural mutation and collaboration. To complete the tranformation, pick up a copy of Skyeklad’s house ‘zine The Manifesto and read up on their Fortean science, the Virgin Mary appearing on a tortilla south of the border, and other close encounters.

And finally, this is a benefit concert for Simeon from psychedelic rock pioneers Silver Apples, who was recently paralyzed in a car accident, proving that psychedelic music has no sense of history — only the sparkling now.

– First Avenue In-House Magazine – 01.27.99

Seasons They Change By Jeannette Leech (new book mentions Skye Klad, Satyrswitch, Vortex Navigation Co. )

Seasons They Change By Jeannette Leech (new book mentions Skye Klad, Satyrswitch, Vortex Navigation Co.

• Seasons They Change By Jeannette Leech (new book mentions Skye Klad, Satyrswitch, Vortex Navigation Co. In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the inherent weirdness of folk met switched-on psychedelic rock and gave birth to new, strange forms of acoustic-based avant-garde music. Artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Incredible String Band, Vashti Bunyan, Pearls Before Swine and Comus, combined sweet melancholy and modal melody with shape-shifting experimentation to create sounds of unsettling oddness categorized as acid or psych folk. In the mid-2000s, a new generation of artists collectively tagged New Weird America and spearheaded by Devendra Banhart, Espers, and Joanna Newsom rediscovered and renewed acid and psych folk Seasons They Change tells the story of the birth, death, and resurrection of this genre. It explores the careers of the original wave of artists and their contemporary equivalents, finding connections between the generations and uncovering a previously hidden narrative of musical adventure.
Jeanette Leech is a writer, researcher, DJ and music historian.She writes regularly for Shindig! magazine, and as part of the B-Music collective she has DJ’d throughout the UK, including at the female acid folk events known as ‘Bearded Ladies’ and the Green Man Festival.