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Sinoia Caves is another name for the analog synth wizard Jeremy Schmidt, who is also a principal member of the critically-lauded, maximal-rock band called Black Mountain. The Enchanter Persuaded is his solo debut full-length. It is an ambient psych masterpiece, bringing to mind, as one writer puts it, "the warmth and majestic epic swales" of Florian Fricke's Popul Vuh plus a "little Rick Wakeman and Kraftwerk."

The Enchanted Persuaded opens with "Dwarf Reaching the Arch Wonder", a slowly building interstellar legato anchored by an ecclesiastic organ droning against cymbals, chimes, and ring modulator... "The Naro Way" is a splinter of psychedelic folk with half-buried melodies bending and giving way to the Emerson synth... then the steady heartbeat of the Linndrum marches [on] "Through the Valley", a vocoder-led hymn ushering the worn and weary to "The Wicker Chair", another poison drop of psych-folk now with an undercurrent of heavy breathing, white noise, and mellotron voices until all is peeled away to reveal the ether-synth abyss of "Sundown in the New Arcades (Milky Way Echo)", an infinite, swirling moment within the primordial depths of Jean Michel Jarre's sonic psyche with neither beginning nor end until the tape runs off the reel and in the open arch stands John Carpenter holding "The Evil Ball". By now, you get the idea.

In addition to his solo music and his contributions as part of Black Mountain, Schmidt is also known for his work as former member of the celebrated space rock band Pipedream and as a part of the Destroyer-related band called The Battles. The Enchanter Persuaded was originally self-released, in a very limited fashion, in 2002. This newest, more permanent edition comes with a slight remastering and vastly improved artwork.




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