Davis Redford Triad
Holy Mountain released the first LP by Steven Wray Lobdell's Davis Redford Triad in the spring of 1997, following Lobdell's release from a mental institution and return to playing the guitar. The music just poured out of him. The heavy psychedelic guitar compositions on The Mystical Path - think Takayanagi Masayuki backed by a Crazy Horse-like force attempting a "version" of Sun Ra's "The Invisible Shield" with organ, analog synth and various other electronics - managed to pull down maximum sky. Since that time, Lobdell has recorded two more albums for Holy Mountain and has produced two albums by Hochenkeit. After the purchase of a tapedeck similar to the one used for this recording, Mr. Lobdell located a few tracks presumed lost and became inspired to remix the entire album. This reissue restores the original sequence of the album and has new liner notes written by Lobdell.
The Davis Redford Triad is the solo vehicle for occasional Faust guitarist Steven Wray Lobdell. His previous album, The Mystical Path of the Number Eighty Six was hailed as "a limber sonic attack that sounds like 1,000 chattering meth-soaked bats being chased through the caves of Sun Ra's Atlantis by a litter of ax-wielding Chihuahua vampire pups, who just need some lovin." I'm not certain exactly what that means, but you've got to admit it's pretty impressive. Now with his second album Lobdell delivers six new tracks (including an epic, eighteen-minute alpha state called "Plum Village"), that create a new psychedelic chapter in the little known tradition of Karnatic rock (other entries being Ustad B. Khan, Clarke Hutchinson Band, and Sun City Girls). The "liquid bitch" is back, long live the flower power.
Multi-faceted guitar innovator and flat-out aural trancendentalist Steven Wray Lobdell returns with a limited edition live collage from the Davis Redford Triad's Spring 2002 tour. Five extremely loud color, shape and texture explorations of songs from both of the band’s Holy Mountain albums, as well as material from Lobdell’s sublime solo release, and three new songs—"Mellowed Over 80 Million Years," "Loop 03," and the title track from the group’s upcoming Blue Cloud full-length. Limited pressing of 500 copies.
Like a long cloud that casts a shadow for miles, the Davis Redford Triad are a heavy group. Over three years in the making, Blue Cloud is a stupendous new effort by guitarist / engineer Steven Wray Lobdell (Sufi Mind Game / Faust) and leader of one of the preeminent power trios working today (see Code Orange). After the album's subtle opener takes you to the noisy scraped loops and menacing guitar of "Violent Stupid Friend" featuring The Baseball Astrologer with a "right on" rant, you are taken to the screaming backwards ecstasy of "Loop 03." The album continues with heavy, guitar-based psychedelic jams ("Temple of the Jaguar") that overload the senses and a spacey improvisational piece ("Mellowed for Over 80 Million Years") that both centers the album and folds time, while allowing the rest to flow from a bizarre pop song ("Bubble Wrap") to the title track, which is the sonic equivalent of a cloud taking a day to pass through your world.