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ARTIST
TITLE
Axis, Road of Awe/Glyph
FORMAT
7"

LABEL
CATALOG #
SEA 002EP SEA 002EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/11/2008

"The Caspian label is proud to present Mike Wexler. A Brooklyn musician whose name will no doubt be revered and uttered in hushed tones by those lucky to hear Wexler's music, for years to come. A virtuoso of sorts, without a scene or history to explain or contextualize his talent, Wexler seems to have arrived from nowhere to hypnotize us with quietly exotic songs that caress and unsettle in equal measure. Wexler seeks and finds unusual spaces within his songs, creating moments of lyrical and sonic tension that evoke Scott Walker's late work, arrangements that now include drums, piano and keyboards, two and three part harmonies and long, linear, labyrinthine instrumental passages. Wexler's lyrics avoid the confessional and favor instead the deep image, the mythic talisman. His voice functions on an instrumental level in the tradition of Annette Peacock or Elizabeth Fraser, though employed to different, more understated ends. Exaggerating the spaces between notes and between words, Wexler keeps the listener engaged but always once removed. 'Axis, Road of Awe' plumbs Bert Jansch-territory; but where Jansch's vocals are fragile and delicate, Mike's remain enigmatic. 'Axis, Road of Awe' was recorded at Exile, along with the rest of the album from which it is taken (Sun Wheel -- out now in the US on Amish Records)."