Boomkat Product Review:
California’s Leaving Records rescue another brilliant gesture from the mists of new age psychedelia with reissue of Jeff Berry a.k.a. Sunpath’s Yasimin and the Snowflake Dragon, which was originally privately pressed and distributed around the southwest United States in 1980.
The A-side pursues an elegant, nocturnal native American spirit into sub-continental Asia; his B-side takes a proto-trance trajectory across an archipelagos of fractal electronics and curdling, crystalline electronics. According to Jeff:
“In 1980 several unique events prompted me to jump from the edge of my known world into other spaces and other places… during the early 1980’s each year I chose a vision or theme and created a work of music based upon it.
One of the many things that made working on the SunPath music compositions so interesting and compelling is that in order to evoke visual images I would spend considerable time searching for specific sounds. To do that I constructed many different kinds of instruments and devices – the following details some of this process and how I combined these acoustical sounds electronically to create a blend of music not really describable from either medium – all treated with experimental tape-transferring to induce artifact and generation of overtone sequences.
In the years that followed, I became more acutely aware of walking upon the borderline of other dimensions of reality. Even as I write at this moment if I step outside into the snow and look at a single pine needle or twig, it glows and shimmers as if flickering in and out of the solid reality we most normally inhabit. Everything in the natural world has this quality and I am most perplexed and astounded at every moment of my being.”