Silent Land Time Machine

Silent Land Time Machine


One of the more evocative band names in awhile, and with music to match - this one-man act’s rustic loops and collages are a bit like a backwater Panda Bear or Godspeed You Black Emperor, with all the hypnotic, emotive power that suggests. - Allmusic Blog


"...a rather mysterious one man band solo outing from texas, who builds up layer upon layer of violin, viola, acoustic guitar, slippery electric slide, percussion, electronics, accordion, buried vocals, and found sounds into haunted, rollicking, thick sonic blankets of sound. many simple parts entwined, looped, and orchestrated into an undulating whole, like naive bedroom folkrock filtered through some blissed out minimalist phase experiment. ecstatic, post-psychedelic chamber rock maybe? really doesn't sound like much else out there, but its instantly enjoyable, energized, and grooves freely in its own uplifting way." - from TIME-LAG Records catalog description of Silent Land Time Machine's debut record, "&hope still"

SLTM is captured improvisations of SLTM with himself fused with an accumulation of samples, items, and acoustic spaces that he has interacted with during "life". SLTM has no formal musical or recording training, but likes to do both anyway. SLTM is layers of things laying around; viola, violin, guitar, drums, drum machines, vox, loops, tapes, found sound and field recordings, electronics and keys, piano, accordion, vinyl pops, foot shuffles; all recorded in small bits and then allowed to accumulate into layered, undulating, ambivalent micro-phrases of said-sound-makers that amount into lucid, moving, human-saturated "pop" songs.

His record, "&hope still" was co-released by his own Indian Queen Records and TIME-LAG Records (Six Organs of Admittance, Espers, Ilyas Ahmed, Charalambides) and is an aural crystallization of focusing on positivity and the power of self-motivation to achieve desired ends (be the change you wish to see); for SLTM, it's making noise. &hope still has been described as "post-psychedelic chamber-folk" and "naive bedroom folkrock filtered through some blissed out minimalist phase experiment..."; SLTM recorded &hope still in his bedroom from 2006-2008 at the Pearl St. Co-op in Austin, TX (which colored the recording heavily).

"The one man band from Austin, Texas, who recorded this release over a period of three years, has done something really special with the three-quarters of an hour he has our attention. Earthy, realistic optimism seeps out of &hope still with every passing second." - excerpt from The Silent Ballet's review of &hope still

Newer sounds (including remixes I perform live of some songs off &hope still) are more beat-heavy and dance based. It's like Kemialliset Ystävät + Final Fantasy (more Nobuo Uematsu than Owen Pallett) + Dan Deacon maybe? The "synaptic dances..." track in the audio player is an example of my newer, and unreleased (for now), sounds...they are more focused on isolation and the ways in which media effect the human-condition; they are being constructed in a remote former-convent in the hill country of TX which was built in the 1930's.

These new songs took shape mostly during a tour SLTM did with Silver Pines during June of 09; an international tour into the US's North East and into Canada. Shared the stage with; HRSTA, Good Stuff House, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Russian Tsarlag, The White Lodge, and many others.

Heavily influenced by: Nobuo Uematsu & Yasunori Mitsuda, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mt. Zion, Do Make Say Think, Polmo Polpo, The Books, Mum, Paavoharju, Kemialliset Ystävät, Aphex Twin, The Field, Ilyas Ahmed, O.Lamm, Le Fly Pan Am, Panda Bear, Burial, M83, and Constellation / FatCat / Fonal / TIME-LAG Records' collective output in general. It should also be noted that SLTM has particularly fallen in love with the experimental scenes both in Montreal, specifically, and most of what Finland has been doing since the turn of the millennium.


&hope still LP - Indian Queen and TIME-LAG Records (TLR-045 / IQR-001)

Set List

1. Mega-elixir / remedy / ribbon (15 min)
2. Decomposition Cycle (everything goes to shit) (7 min)
3. Synaptic Dances... (5 min) covers; I do remixed songs, currently, off the record I had that came out last year (&hope still), but the remixes are more like schizophrenic dances songs.