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The Great Orthochromatic Wheel

by The Blithe Sons

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Last copies of the The Blithe Sons final, and only, LP. Includes insert and maybe some bits of nature from the Family Vineyard homestead.

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The Great Orthochromatic Wheel was The Blithe Sons' first full-length release after a four year hiatus. In the years before 2008, the California duo of Loren Chasse and Glenn Donaldson may have traversed poppy fields and swam to aqua cities though mostly remained active with their Jewelled Antler offshoots: Ov, Of, and Child Readers (Chasse ) or Skygreen Leopards and Flying Canyon (Donaldson) and both in Thuja.

These five songs combine nature's melodic pull and minimalist songs forms summoned by a miniature orchestra of eclectic instruments. Each LP side flaunts a different depth of the Sons, one recorded outdoors and the other inside. The indoor set consists of slow-motion ballads built on hymn-like organ, nylon string guitar, analog drum machine & stark percussion. The outdoor side offers a web of exotic wind-instruments & battery-powered electronics reverberating in cavernous hall cut in the side of a sea-cliff.


released October 12, 2008

Recorded, Performed By — Glenn Donaldson, Loren Chasse

1-3 recorded in the sunroom
4-5 recorded in the bunker


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The Blithe Sons was the duo of Loren Chasse and Glenn Donaldson. "... everything that is holy and sacred at the crossroads of acoustic instrumentation / distant outsider songcraft and droning / site-specific sound research." -- Keith Fullerton Witman

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