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Gabriel Hart Reviews “CACTUS CROWN”

Gabriel Hart, writer and frontman of the notorious Jail Weddings, shared some amazing prose on the latest DAKOTA SLIM album, “CACTUS CROWN.”  The full review follows:

DAKOTA SLIM “CACTUS CROWN”

Imagine you’re in a record store. They’re hip enough to have an exotica section. “I like exotica,” you think to yourself… until you remember that every time you bring home one of those cool looking Arthur Lyman or Martin Denny records with the volcanoes and stormy skies and naked chicks and tiki-masked headhunters, it sounds more like something you’d hear waiting in line at Disneyland than anything remotely bona-fide savage, right?

Crickets? Give me a fucking break.

Now, imagine you bring home one of those records and it sounds exactly like the evocative cover suggests, only it also takes you deeper inland, away from the shores, where the true shadows are cast, where nothing gets in the way of the moon and silence of boot-quaking anticipation is the most notorious indigenous battle-cry until you hear the sound of…

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CACTUS CROWN

CACTUS CROWN. An authentic American-Spaghetti Western Occult album many before Dakota Slim have tried to make yet failed because they chose the paint-by-numbers, spell-it-out-for-idiots approach instead of seeping themselves in the true subconscious that is churned and plumed from such a lust for archaic divinities. See, when you choose the former route, your destiny is a sad conduit for shoulder-shrugging idiocy rather than the reaping rewards of pure abandon, where Dakota Slim’s sense of adventure doesn’t forget to forge into his inner frontiers to whisper softly as a stalker to his prey what he has found, so long as we refrain from screaming.

Conceived during the eclipse of August 2017, Travis Keats Ross (AKA Dakota Slim), Cactus Crown began as a mere documentation of rituals he was performing around the veiling of our moon, which resulted in psychic Cupid-arrows simultaneously piercing two hearts, one of course belonging to Mr. Ross. The term “future-primitive” might apply to this unique album, as DS has managed to deploy electronics to antiquity BUT ONLY to capture an array of organic field recordings so he can play them all together like a tactile instrument. He masterfully alternates Devil-notes with more melodic cascades on his Flamenco guitar, drunkenly leading the way by candlelight, but it’s a flame that will have to be re-lit constantly through this chilling, windswept walkabout.

Euphorically disorienting pans of no-wave saxophone and mimicking organ make the path that much harder to pin on the album’s initiation “Night Thief.” The languid gallop of “Wasted Bones” slow pans across a desolate landscape, whilewrithing with nervous, toe-tapping anticipation. “The Tether” encapsulates the axis of the album’s lover ritual theme, while “Disolva y Coagula” finally brings Keats’ fairer half to the surface, a twisting, turning, oozing duet with Mary Antoinette McKeever(Moon Division), possibly the most primal offering to this altar. And for all the dark, shape-shifting features on the record, it also brings good news: Nowhere on this album will you hear any default overdriven guitar twang to get the point across, thank God!

Even beyond Keats Ross being a well-researched authority on the occult, what makes this project the product of truly hidden wisdom is the fact that this is his TENTH record, which he scoffs at any industry-pressure trappings. “It’s a culmination and complete obliteration of all the albums I’ve done,” he says, confirming this journey is just the beginning…

Gabriel Hart / July 2018     

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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“CACTUS CROWN” Full Stream Now

CACTUS CROWN is now available for stream prior to bandcamp’s proper release (7-17-18), and digital wide-release (7-18-17).

Por Mary Joon y La Niña Blanca 

† In memoriam: Thomas Ross Sr., John Alan Keats and Rafael Weinstein 

Created between the August 2017 Eclipse and June’s Full Moon 2018. 
This album is a testament to love and magick.

The album’s Audiomancy and Folklore to be shared soon.

CREDITS:

Completed on June’s Full Moon (6/28/18),
the 8th anniversary of these 8 songs’ muse

Releases everywhere July 17 / 18, 2018

Written/Performed/Engineered/Mixed by TRAVIS KEATS ROSS 
~Revelator Rosz of We †he Hallowed

Duet vocals on the “COAGULA” portion of Track 7 gorgeously provided by
Mary Antoinette McKeever 
of MOON DIVISION 

Additional Mixing and fully Mastered by long-time mentor

BARRY WOOD
of  THE OTHER ROOM  

Small samples of “Yégènèt Muziqa” by Getatchew Mekurya appear on Track 1 and Track 7.

Sample of Alan Moore on Magick at the end of Track 5  

Sample of William S. Burroughs on writing and author Henry Miller at the end of Track 6 

Special Thanks to Mary, Santa Muerte, Barry Wood, Logan Ford & Rachel Sides, Bran Hernandez, Chris Shumaker, Noah Pfarr, Joel Hatmaker, SPARE SPELLS, Jimbo Kennedy, Iohannes Pontes & Simon Sotelo, Anthony Alvarado, The Ross’, The Keats’, The Weinsteins, The Smith’s and all who stood by, supported and shared love and materials through these turbulent eclipses. You are adored.

© DAKOTA SLIM HYMNS / WE THE HALLOWED
all rights reserved
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SPARE ∆ SPELLS live debut at HABESHA (PDX) HALLOWEEN 2014

“SALVO (SIEMPRE SALVO)”

“NAYSAYER”

and

“PRAYTELLER”

Performed at Habesha Lounge in Portland, OR 10/31/14

Our set was sequenced with my re-edit of the 1945 film “DETOUR” which is spliced in amidst the performance footage.

It was shot and edited by JOSH WINSOR.

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SPARE∆SPELLS Debut HALLOWEEN 2014

My new project, SPARE ∆ SPELLS, is debuting at an epic hootenanny we’ve arduously concocted on Halloween Night (2014) here in PORTLAND, OREGON.  Here’s a “promo” with a snippet of “live” audio as well as a preview of my set-specific edit of the 1945 Film-Noir, “DETOUR,” that will provide the visuals for our unveiling…

and Here’s a flyer for the FREE debut designed by yours truly…

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“HITHERTO THE aMiNals” —– REDUX and DIGITAL RE-RELEASE!

 

 

(c) Dakota Slim and Ryan W. Brewer 2008

(c) Dakota Slim and Ryan W. Brewer 2008

Finally, the final album from DAKOTA SLIM to be re-released, “Hitherto The aMiNals” is now available in all major online retailers such as iTUNES, SPOTIFY, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, ETC. This particular release is special due to a different cover from Ryan Brewer and new track listing that separates it from the original release on Bladen County Records
This means that the 6 records which document my artistic growth and output throughout the last decade are now widely available for the first time. This process has had me relive the amazing artistic life I have been gifted thus far, and instilled an incredible amount of excitement for what I have planned for the next decade. I’M ONLY GETTING STARTED.  KEEP YOUR HEARTS CROSSED AND YOUR EYES PEELED FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER!

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WE THE HALLOWED’S First Salon 6/6/14

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WE, THE HALLOWED’s FIRST SALON

Keats Ross, AKA DAKOTA SLIM, is part of a conceptual art based spiritualist movement entitled WE, THE HALLOWED.

The movement was announced to the Portland Arts Community on JUNE 6th, 2014, unannounced, by the chapter’s REVELATOR -amidst a costumed procession- pictured here.

Please visit WE, THE HALLOWED’S WEBSITE for information on becoming the “saint of you” or any information regarding the cause.

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Preview of NEW BAND

My satchel was stolen with two years worth of handwritten material across, at least, four projects I was dilligently determined to finally square away.  The Great Spider that weaves her tangled web, connecting us to validation through resolve, certainly didn’t see the fruits of my labor.  Perhaps she felt that I, after a rebirth of sorts, needed more of a cataclysmic surge to truly reinvent myself, a spark that only a dharma bum could ignite burning down his worldly possessions in one awesome flick.

The anger still haunts me, a sort of primal protection a father instinctually ignites when his offspring is attacked in front of him.   A macabre revenge lust permeates when I’m left with my thoughts, for the fate of all that work must have been nothing more than skimmed and discared into the narrows of nothing…

Those lost confessionals and documents were the only testament to finding what kept me alive through some of my most torrid times in life.  But que sera, sera.

Alas, I haven’t been able to break focus or weep over the lost work… I quickly started to trust that the Great Spider weaves a web of calculated deference, a familiar web, later discovered to be manifested by my subliminal guidance.

So I took most of the structured music and re-appropriated them with the hopes of instilling the fervor and tenacity of lust for weird.  Let this video be a testament to a conjuration of sifted ephemera from the past and exciting/revitalizing prospects of the future.  I am birthed, and earthed all over again…

This is an early rendition of a song intended for the aforementioned long labored album PRAGMAGIK – “Pray for Strays” – it, along with most of that record are being deconstructed into a few different conceptually focused projects.

This song, and most of the sequence driven material written the past couple years, have turned into this live theatrical ensemble featuring DODGE LOGIC / ELEGANT BACHELOR – Justin Shelp manning Guitar, Orchestrated Noise, Drums, Misc. Perc… hell… Anything he can grab with two fists.   I cover Vox, Baritone, Sequences, and Kick Drum + Pedal work (new appreciation for the art of tap dancing).

The full announcement regarding this new outfits identity (along with other projects), tracklist, and concept is forthcoming.

JOSH WINSOR shot this beautifully constructed montage of us.

For now this is an exceptional document, or glimpse, on the set-up thus far of our writing process of our third session performing together.

The video is a montage while the audio is a single, live take.

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“ANONYM” – THE HYMNS OF DAKOTA SLIM (2007)

While compiling “GOD GONNA GET ME RIGHT” I took the opportunity to make “ANONYM” available for the first time in years.  These are still played live and constants in the DAKOTA SLIM MYTHOS for it was the first true “DAKOTA SLIM” release.

DETAILS:

All Songs Written by REV.ROSS

except 1 + 5 by REV.ROSS and Erick Lenger

REVELATOR Keats Ross: Vox, Guitar, Blow Organ, Beat Manipulation, Bass, Drums

Dominique Reveneau: Bass, Stand-up Bass

Erick Lenger: Lead Guitar

Ray Reeves: Drums (#2)

Engineered by Dominique Reveneau

Release Date: 02/23/06
©Dakota Slim Hymns
KADABRA RECORDS

 

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GOD GONNA GET ME RIGHT (Skeletal Bedroom Hymnals 2010-2012)

I thought I’d cut the lack of ouput during the recording of PRAGMAGIK by releasing a collection of rare demos.  The two year battle through California and Arizona terror tours were spliced between some bedroom preambles found on this collection.  The songs were written and recorded in various apartments, girlfriend apartments, attics, and dens in OAKLAND, SAN FRANCISCO, and PHOENIX.  Look forward for a correlating story about the mess I was in for each song available here, soon.

 

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PRAGMAGIK #3 (IT BEGINS)

PRAGMAGIK started principle tracking with co-producer RYAN STIVELY at his SAUCESOME STUDIOS here in Portland, OR.

Ryan Stively @ SAUCESOME STUDIOS

Ryan Stively @ SAUCESOME STUDIOS

We began by making a library of junk percussion.  Recording small samples of STIVELY and I hitting various found items.  I then took those samples and sequenced the album’s accompanying rhythms using RECYCLE and REASON. Taking a track of sequenced percussion, we re-amped through a MARANTZ PORTABLE CASSETTE RECORDER to utilize the tape’s saturation and adjustable speed.

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SAUCESOME STUDIOS (re-amping digitally sequencing through cassette)

I then went on to track some fuzz bass.

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FUZZ BASS

I laid down a soft electric, accompanied by a bright acoustic:

Saucesome Studios GTRS

Saucesome Studios GTRS

Followed by minimal drums to accompany the sequencing

The found tape I was using for saturation provided some ghostly samples

SOMNAMBULIST VIDEO JOURNAL #1

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