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Release Notes
  • New project from renowned guitarist, Sean Smith previously recognized for his American Primitive solo acoustic works for Tompkins Square and lead guitar chops in Citay.
  • SUPER HI-FI. Golden mastered, RTI plated and pressed.
  • Limited Edition 500 copies

“Sonic spaces morph seamlessly from cosmic floating fields to pulsating jet streams, and intrepid wonder to pensive hallucinatory explorations.” –AQUARIUS

“LFZ,” the current musical endeavor of guitarist Sean Smith is the debut release and mission statement for STIMULUS PROGRESSION. Guitar is at the heart and synthesizers come into play at times, all manipulated by a vast array of analog and digital devices. The music is emotionally driven and rides the line between composition and improvisation. There is a deep experimentalism captured in the music of LFZ -all executed by tangible means. LFZ is exploratory of sights, sounds and the phenomenological. Fripp & Eno, Terry Riley, and Michael Rother are some referential touchstones, yet, LFZ does not set out to mimic or cash in on its predecessors.

As with all of Smith’s work, these two extended pieces are instrumental and refer heavily to personal subject matter and concepts. It was composed, improvised, and recorded at the end of a decade long residence in San Francisco, mixed at the fabled Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, CA. “Fair Winds & Following Seas,” a multi-movement composition, is an abstract journey through the intangible phenomena of life and void, nature and spirit. The completely improvised b-side, “Infinite Regress,” delves colder depths by way of repetition and random chaos. Both pieces, almost opposite in approach compliment each other to form a cohesive whole.

The music is extremely visual. It allows the listener to experience meditative bliss and access deep emotional and imaginative perspectives. It compels replay as soon as it is complete.

For fans of Cosmic New Age, Kosmische Krautrock, and American Minimalism.