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COPERNICUS perhaps conjures an unknown landscape or a dream-like state in which the details succumb to the overall waking feeling. This second single release from IDYLLWILD EP is one of those rare pieces that seemed to mostly write itself. The melody's somewhat brooding beginnings give way to a rising feeling of hope and growth. A cyclic progression and ascending bass line surround the trumpet solo with a promise of more to come, and the eventual arrival of the bridge finds the trumpet paired with bass clarinet and the other-worldly tones of Prophet Synthesizer. The return of the introduction is then cast in new light, serving as a release point for the chaos to come. The coda is sort of a second movement featuring group improvisation begun by the guitar and synth and driven by the drum set and bass. A layer of horn melody arrives but gives way to tape loop effects and a longing synth chord that lingers as an unnameable aura.

Any donations received for this music on July 3rd, 2020 will be directly donated to Musicambia ( Our previous digital records will also remain pay-what-you-want, and both digital and physical formats will include the new IDYLLWILD EP as a digital download.

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from IDYLLWILD EP, track released July 3, 2020
John Blevins - trumpet, loops & effects
Drew Williams - bass clarinet, loops & effects, Sony TCM-200DV, Prophet Synthesizer
Jeff McLaughlin - electric guitar
Jesse Bielenberg - electric bass
Noel Brennan - drums, cymbals, percussion

Recorded live at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA by Chris Reba
Mixed by Chris Reba
Mastered by Joseph Branciforte at Greyfade Studio
Produced by John Blevins, Drew Williams, Jeff McLaughlin, Jesse Bielenberg, and Noel Brennan
Artwork layout by John Blevins, "Copernicus" (1874) by James Nasmyth
Stock video footage edited by John Blevins

Composition by John Blevins © and ℗ 2020 John Blevins Music (ASCAP)


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John Blevins' MATTERHORN New York, New York

MATTERHORN is an electrifying confluence of jazz, rock, and the avant-garde led by trumpeter John Blevins. The group's eponymous debut album released on pfMENTUM records in 2015. Their second LP, Uzumati, released on ears&eyes Records in 2018 followed by their 2020 release, IDYLLWILD EP, recorded live at Idyllwild Arts Academy. ... more

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