Paralyzed Mind of the Archangel Void

by Harmony Rockets

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    Jonathan Donahue and Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak started Harmony Rockets in 1995 as a brain-searing side-project to their band Mercury Rev. Their Paralyzed Mind of the Archangel Void is a trip into the furthest reaches of sound, a complete immersion into space noise and melodic chaos.

    Paralyzed Mind is a classic experimental album of epic proportions consisting of ONE track, which runs to 41:40 minutes, originally recorded live at the Rhinecliff Hotel in upstate New York in 1995. It was initially released in 1995 as a limited edition of 500 copies, available in Germany, France, Benelux and Scandinavia, but its influence was widely felt in a pre-post-rock world.

    On the recording of Paralyzed Mind, which also features Jimy Chambers, Mark Marinoff, Jason Russo and Suzanne Thorpe, the band freed themselves from the constraints of the standard rock form and produced a work that reflects their interest in avant freak-out and improvised music. It contains echoes of German experimentalists like Faust and Guru Guru, as well as of Sun Ra and the early electronic explorations of Morton Subotnik. It starts out sweetly enough, then builds and builds, until finally arriving at a sublime conclusion.

    It got good press, too! "... Paralyzed Mind is nocturnal trance music that never gets monotonous, a stunning feat for a piece this long....In 2015 we'll be talking about this mercurial, revolutionary CD in the awed tones reserved for THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO, REVOLVER, A LOVE SUPREME, or BITCHES BREW." (Alternative Press, January 1996). The All Music Guide to Rock said that Paralyzed Mind “seems to exist in slow motion, characterized by ominous waves of sound. Guitars drone, trumpets throb, and Jonathan Donahue’s vocals float in and out of the mix like random messages from another galaxy. The cumulative effect is an amazing distortion of the time-space continuum, a shape-shifting aural world almost alien in its dementia”

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Jonathan Donahue and Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak started Harmony Rockets in 1995 as a brain-searing side-project to their band Mercury Rev. Their Paralyzed Mind of the Archangel Void is a trip into the furthest reaches of sound, a complete immersion into space noise and melodic chaos.

Paralyzed Mind is a classic experimental album of epic proportions consisting of ONE track, which runs to 41:40 minutes, originally recorded live at the Rhinecliff Hotel in upstate New York in 1995. It was initially released in 1995 as a limited edition of 500 copies, available in Germany, France, Benelux and Scandinavia, but its influence was widely felt in a pre-post-rock world.

On the recording of Paralyzed Mind, which also features Jimy Chambers, Mark Marinoff, Jason Russo and Suzanne Thorpe, the band freed themselves from the constraints of the standard rock form and produced a work that reflects their interest in avant freak-out and improvised music. It contains echoes of German experimentalists like Faust and Guru Guru, as well as of Sun Ra and the early electronic explorations of Morton Subotnik. It starts out sweetly enough, then builds and builds, until finally arriving at a sublime conclusion.

It got good press, too! "... Paralyzed Mind is nocturnal trance music that never gets monotonous, a stunning feat for a piece this long....In 2015 we'll be talking about this mercurial, revolutionary CD in the awed tones reserved for THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO, REVOLVER, A LOVE SUPREME, or BITCHES BREW." (Alternative Press, January 1996). The All Music Guide to Rock said that Paralyzed Mind “seems to exist in slow motion, characterized by ominous waves of sound. Guitars drone, trumpets throb, and Jonathan Donahue’s vocals float in and out of the mix like random messages from another galaxy. The cumulative effect is an amazing distortion of the time-space continuum, a shape-shifting aural world almost alien in its dementia”

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released March 29, 2017

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Mercury Rev is an American indie rock group that formed in 1989 in Buffalo, New York. A band committed to experimentation and reinvention, their music has run the gambit from neo-psych and noise rock, lush pastoralism, and 4/4 electronica.

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