Jason J. Bundy
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Jason J. Bundy

Clearwater, Florida, United States | INDIE

Clearwater, Florida, United States | INDIE
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"Jason J. Bundy - Returning"

Jason J. Bundy – Returning / 2007 Self / 4 Tracks / http://jasonjbundy.com/ /

After receiving “Returning”, I really wish I was more familiar with the I Ching, as the title refers to the 24th hexagram of that work. The limited edition of Bundy’s “Returning” features a hand-painted cover, and gives a certain gravitas to each of the four cuts on the disc. The first track on this EP is “Salutations To The Sun”, which shows Bundy as an artist that can work outside of traditional thought when it comes to genres and styles. There is a heavy atmospheric component that comes out during this introductory track – while there is little in the way of easily-discernible differentiation during the song, the slight shifts that Bundy takes snowball into something large by the end of the track.

The overall approach is similar during “Liber AL”, but there seems to be quicker shifts in the overall music present. Things switch to a pulsating, droning style of music that approximate that of a machine, while a second, higher-pitched tone acts to give the track a different sound. Each of the four tracks on “Returning” give individuals a different slice of the influences and styles that go into the creative process for Bundy. Where each of the tracks contribute to a cohesive sound on “Returning”, there is enough variation between the tracks to keep individuals focused on Bundy’s contributions here. There is a more ominous sound present during the introduction to “Breathing Fluid”. Where these sounds are generated by instruments, I can’t help but compare the compositions on “Returning” to the throat-singing style of artists like Kongar-ol Ondar.

There is ostensibly one set of sounds creating the music on “Returning”, but different sections of each track create different ways to interpret this sound. Individuals that have been acculturated to popular music may find it hard to give “Returning” an unbiased listen, but I exhort everyone to drop any assumptions about what music is intended to do and to go into “Returning” without any pre-conceived notions. If listeners are able to do that, the album will be enough to open one’s eyes. This is a truly Spartan release, but it is effective like the namesake tribe in that Bundy is able to do so much with so little on each track. Pick up “Returning” and give yourself enough time to properly meditate on what Bundy has provided. If you can, you will gain the benefits inherent in this album.

Top Track: Returning

Rating: 7.0/10 - NeuFutur Magazine


"Returning"

This next CD, I was very curious about. First of all was the fact that the packaging was simply the jewel case and one sheet with the CD cover art. The cover art looks like rows of black paint across a blank canvas. I then opened up the CD and saw that there were only 4 songs. I immediately though this was an EP.
Wow, was I wrong. The CD comes in at 59 minutes in length. All the songs range from 10 minutes to about 19 minutes in length. I must say that the man behind this album, Jason J Bundy intrigued me.
I began to research Jason and I saw that he was at a crossroads in his life when he started to create this album. Jason was living in Florida for 10 years when he decided to move back to his home state of NY. He was going through a rough time when he discovered a Chinese book, ‘I Ching.’ The album title, ‘Returning’ refers to the 24th hexagram of the I Ching. The hexagram is also represented on the cover art.
So lets be very honest here. Will Jason have a top 40 mainstream hit with this CD? Probably not. But what Jason does have is a CD that represents him and his vision for the music that he creates. Jason shows that there is something to be said about the musician that creates music for themselves and not the masses.
If you are a music enthusiast that likes to listen to the rare and obscure you will enjoy this CD. I had this CD on as I was drinking and that put me in the right space to understand where Jason was coming from. You can truly respect Jason as a true artist.
Review By: Mikey Frieds - Skope Magazine


Discography

Jason J. Bundy:

Dreams Of Infinite Rainbows - 2012
Returning - 2007
Light In Extension - 2006

Mother Sky:

Vayu: The Gathering Of Winds - 2009
Shewstone - 2007

THE SLAVESTATE SOUND SYSTEM:

Ritual Musick To End Christianity - 2005

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Bio

Since 2003, my compositions are based on long tones/drones inspired by ancient astronaut theory, occult ideology and the works of La Monte Young.

My works are recorded and performed live and in real time. Live performances, therefore, are easily translated.

I have recorded and performed under my own name, Mother Sky and THE SLAVE STATE SOUND SYSTEM.