New York, N.Y.Barry Cleveland's critically acclaimed Hologramatron has been submitted for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album." Hologramatron is a 21st Century protest record with songs featuring biting, sometimes brutal, commentary on the state of the Western world. It's a musical response to contemporary social, political, and even spiritual realities. The disc draws inspiration from a musical continuum spanning art rock, psychedelia, metal, ambient, world music, trance, and funk.
The cast of players joining Cleveland comprises some of the most respected musicians of the avant-rock scene, including bass innovator Michael Manring (Michael Hedges); drummer and percussionist Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood); pedal-steel iconoclast Robert Powell (Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne), vocalists Amy X Neuburg, Deborah Holland (Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland), and Harry Manx. Other renowned contributors include Turkish electro-acoustic guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu, percussionists Gino Robair and Rick Walker, and cymbalom master Michael Masley, a.k.a. the infamous Artist General."
Besides the eight original compositions on Hologramatron, there are two covers: Malvina Reynolds' anti-nuclear proliferation anthem What Have They Done to the Rain" and Joe Meek's iconic Telstar." Bonus tracks include remixes by Evan Schiller ("Lake of Fire") and Forrest Fang ("Abandoned Mines"), as well as an alternate mix of You'll Just Have to See It to Believe." Grammy Award-winning engineer John Cuniberti mastered the album.
Cleveland is all about soundfrom his guitar playing to his compositions to his productionand it's the deeply layered, highly nuanced, cutting-edge sonics that unify his wildly diverse material. Cleveland's earlier work was more ambient and impressionistic (Mythos, released on Larry Fast's Audion label, received rave reviews in Option, Jazziz, and Stereo Review) and his last recording explored instrumental world fusion (Volcano garnered accolades in All About Jazz, Abstract Logix, Innerviews, and Progression)but Hologramatron pushes multiple musical envelopes simultaneously.
In addition to playing acoustic and electric 6- and 12-string guitars on Hologramatron, Cleveland utilized a prototype of the revolutionary Moog Guitar and both acoustic and electric GuitarViolshybrid bowed instruments tuned like a guitaralong with myriad effects processors and alternative playing devices such as a Chinese erhu bow, Masley Bowhammers, and the Ebow.
Barry Cleveland is also an Associate Editor at Guitar Player magazine (interviews include Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Ry Cooder, Tony Iommi, John Frusciante, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, Allan Holdsworth, Ralph Towner, Zack Wylde, and Terje Rypdal), and the author of the cult classic Creative Music Production: Joe Meek's Bold Techniques.
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS OF HOLOGRAMATRON [Hologramatron] has really bowled me over, so much so that yesterday I had to remain sitting in the car long after I arrived at my destination and long after the complete album had finished playing ... An artistic rock album in the best sense of that term, with multilayered influences ... Exciting from start to finish ... Honestly, this year I have not heard a better album." Sal Pichireddu, Babyblaue-Seiten
In other news, I recently received a copy of Barry Cleveland's Hologramatron, new on Moonjune Records. I listened to it five times yesterday, and serial listening is rare for me. While it is not overtly avant, I think it is a great release." (Pick of the Week) Mike Borellas, Avant Music News
Layers and layers of ominous energies float and coruscate, wilding lines flit and glow, the entire affair brings back the halcyon era of Vitamin L and Mary Jane, nights given to opium dreams and cloudtripping. Cut right away to 'You'll Just Have to See it to Believe,' dive into the swirling patterns and wormholes, and you'll find it hard not to replay the cut 10 times in a row." Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (F.A.M.E.)
Art rock with passionate intensity, like a rude new beast with Robert Fripp's body and the roaring head of Phil Ochs slouching towards Bethlehem to be born ... This album yells Theater!" in a crowded fire." Billy Sheppard, Billy's Bunker
Cleveland's guitar work [on Hologramatron] is exceptional and vital to these songs. Whether he is cranking out metal riffs, creating atmospheric layers of sound or finessing melodic leads, it is all top notch ... I guarantee you will not be disappointed." Score: 4/5. Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility
Ominous arrangements that betray hints of everyone from Robert Fripp to Tool to (even) the Residents abound on the disc, but they're somehow presented in an accessible fashion. Hologramatron is an effective collection/synthesis of folk-protest song, rhythmic/textural explorations, soundscapes and inventive reinterpretations of classic songs from half a century ago." Bill Kopp, MusicScribe