The cleansing tones of Silent Land Time Machine

Experimental Austin artist makes songs that soothe like memories.


Words by: Ruth Saxelby

Sometimes music need do very little to move us, to be a comfort. Silent Land Time Machine, an experimental artist based in Austin, Texas, understands this better than most. That’s not to say there’s not much going on in his music, quite the opposite in fact: viola, voice, guitar, banjo, piano, drums, failing keyboards and toy electronics all find a space in his compositions and yet they never crowd, never overwhelm. Like a record of lost symphonies left out in the rain, his new EP has a cleansing spirit. While the title doesn’t quite trip off the tongue – ‘I am no longer alone with myself and can only artificially recall the scary and beautiful feeling of solitude’ – it’s actually, perhaps unsurprisingly given the music’s spirit, a quote from psychiatrist and dream analyst Carl Jung. The record’s artwork borrows an image of a 1960s monument to WWII in the former Yugoslavia. It’s one of several futuristic monuments commissioned by the then Yugoslavian president, which now stand beguilingly in the Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, and Bosnian countryside like relics from another planet. Listen to the EP in full below.

Indian Queen Records released Silent Land Time Machine’s new EP on 6th June 2012