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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

† GABRIEL HART’s BLOG
† Purchase Gabriel’s new novelette “NOTHING TO SEE HERE” From SPACE COWBOY books
† Listen to JAIL WEDDINGS and Gabriel’s solo work at: https://jailweddings.bandcamp.com/

 

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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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CACTUS CROWN album cover: DEVIN MILLER

Barachos y Banditas,

Dakota Slim had originally planned to release the new long-form E.P. CACTUS CROWN on Valentine’s day 2017 – alas, this was a premature ambition as we are in the rites of spring and I am not yet finished with the unexpected lil’ opus.

UPDATES AND PROMOS ON THE DS HYMNS INSTAGRAM:

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PROMO 01:  “CACTUS CROWN”

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PROMO 02  “WASTED BONES” (Animation by Logan Ford)

 

The tracks, originally composed post-Halloween 2017 with a crippled hand on a three string guitar, were intended to be sparsely orchestrated and seldom accompanied –  an acoustic testament of solemn hymnals of sorts… again, alas, here I am deep into post-production and the monster I am incubating became another ramshackle, bedroom opus akin to the 2007 release, HITHERTO THE AMINALS.  An unexpected return to the solo sonic-lust of original sample-led rhythmic sequences, experimental analog tracking and bombastic orchestration has indeed engulfed CACTUS CROWN and though this grew to be quite the project, I am happy for it’s obsessive evolution.

Slinking out of the throws of a cosmic inner shift that left me one handed and solemnly solitary in the beginning months of this year, I rekindled my love for solo production and all it throws. After the years-long conceptually ambitious collaborative effort of my band, SPARE SPELLS, in the midst of recalibration whilst inching towards the completion of last year’s conceptual epic, THE NARROWS‘, accompanying comic book (see below), the specter of Dakota Slim rose to exorcise new material, now deft and deliberate and headstrong into a new era.

While I take my time to round out CACTUS CROWN and ready it for imminent release (for sure this April), you can taste the southwest soaked cacophonous cornucopia of sonic manifestations that will riddle the album’s maddening production:

From the Ethiopian-jazz inflected haunt of CC’s opener, NIGHT THIEF,

to the sparse and live-tracked psychic ballad, WEIGHTLESS,

The Pentecostal Surf of the theme composed for  Wayward Worship’s OCCULTCAST, WESTWARD HO,

CACTUS CROWN is sure to be fine culmination of Dakota Slim’s years of experimentation in self-produced hymnals.  A journalistic document of the moon cycles between Halloween and Spring – a feverish snapshot of the end of a partnership, the fervor and beauty of a new love and the narrative of a man trying to make sense of the contradictory extremes that riddled him.

In any case, keep your hearts crossed and your eyes peeled – the tenth (?) release from my perennial sonic identity (15 years old!) is sure to usher DAKOTA SLIM back into the fold from a silent, scheming, somnambulant saunter.

 

-The one true DAKOTA SLIM-

Travis Keats Ross

the first day of Spring, 2018 

(Revelator Rosz of W†H)

CACTUS CROWN UPDATE

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▶ Dakota Slim – Night Thief

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by DEVIN W. MILLER

Here’s a brand new song from the long slumbering Slim as he continues the construction of a new e.p. (CACTUS CROWN) and progress on the comic book/record remains steady!

Please visit THE REVEL REVIVAL for all projects concerning Revel Rosz (Travis Keats Ross) henceforth!

And of course, be sure to leer at WE THE HALLOWED for major news on the art collective/ religion Slim cotton’s to.

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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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