Surrounded By Gold And Dead

by Sick Llama

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This is second full-length release on wax by Sick Llama, after "Born Again To Die" on Hanson Records in 2007...
Heath Moerland uses tapes, organ, synth, clarinet, and whatever else is laying around to balance a fine line between composition and improvisation. Musique concrete, process theory, modal jazz, drone, punk aesthetics and free approach to music. The first recordings were released in 2003 sparking off hundreds of releases and hundreds of performances throughout Europe, USA, Mexico and Canada. Sick Llama also runs the music/art label Fag Tapes which has issued over 375 releases.*%20%20FROM%20request_redirect

"There are a lot of mugz you don't wanna know,: VD doctors, the Grim
Reaper, the inside of a Fed Ex body bag, ex-mates, cops, silence,
dentists, republicans, country music stars, ...list goes on and
on....THEN= there are mugz you just want to get some sunshine from-
you know who they are= just plain rad mugz, stokerz= and i gotta
say....the Michigan Crew has Sick Llama'z BACK.....Heath AKA Juice AKA
Fag Heath AKA Morellama= is just a ball of huge eyeballing can you be mad at him? We used to have heavy skate shred
sessions with the goofball and he would destroy the streetz, and still
be smiling at the end, never breaking a sweat. You want this dude on
your team. And you want the soundtrack to your boiling brain to be his
Born Again to Die. Its got this amazing kinda
arms-up-in-air-i-give-up-what-is -this-godamnn -sound style beaming
through it. Heath man....dude aint really gonna give any clues
back....cant count how many timez the crew has cornered the mug and
been like:
"Yo man....what the hell is going on inside "Live Birth"? Did you just
record cars under an overpass and slow it down?"
"....ha......that one...that's a weird one right?"
"Well,...tell us....the fuck?"
And repeat over the coarse of 120+ Fag Tapes, Heath's label AKA the
Pyramids of Michigan. He never has properly answered a sound question,
we all have our clues/ideas.. Probably wrong. Sick Llama holds the
rotten essence of Midwest Basement Mystery Mind Sound inside the
marrow of his weird skull, right behind the strawberry blond tuffs,
unblinking bug eyes, and scandi-molded mildew skin. Born Again to Die
is his debt, and any signs of progression are tossed out the windows
of Ham Studios. I mean its electronics, tape hiss, and ....??????
Heath really doesn't get any better or more refined, just.......
stranger AKA more strange. My man Connelly says every Fag Tape has at
least a 30% "hands off" factor, meaning, seems like Llama has a nice
mutant groove going on and then just jets for 10min, leaving the
machine motionless. If you can tell what the hell is going on inside
these grooves...bottle it and sell it, it would be ideal to have on could be like taking a skinny dip inside the caverns of a
black pool filled to the brim with soul-frying electricity waves. Born
Again To Die= maybe our kid's rat kids will COMPREHEND. Then maybe
they can attempt to decode FUNKY PANDEMONIUM...."
-JOHN OLSON (Wolf Eyes, Boy Dept. Boyz), May 2007


released June 11, 2014



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