Altered Self Joe Gideon

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Label: Labelman

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Folk Rock

Artist: Joe Gideon

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  • 1ArchaeoPsychic06:44
  • 2Bird of Prey05:44
  • 3The Deforming Mirrors, Pt. 102:26
  • 4The Deforming Mirrors, Pt. 204:12
  • 5Life Cycle of the Atlas Moth03:30
  • 6Arctic Moon04:11
  • 7Grizzly06:09
  • 8Spiders in Dreams05:15
  • 9Wild & Free09:40
  • Total Runtime47:51

Info for Altered Self

Joe Gideon first came to wider attention 20 years ago with his band Bikini Atoll. But back in March 2020, the singer/songwriter was mid-tour promoting his new album Armagideon when the pandemic brought his tour, along with the entire world, to a screeching halt.

Like it's predecessor, his upcoming album, Altered Self, is produced by Jim Sclavunos. Gideon's unique song-writing style and surreal poetic musings are very much in the fore; and although he and Jim are the sole instrumentalists, the album offers a menagerie of sounds including loopy synths, skronky guitars, sonorous bass, and lashings of bongo madness.

Expect to hear Joe yowling and howling at the moon, screeching like a bird, as well as summoning listeners to join his 'disco church' congregation. And for all you entomologists, Joe promises at least two songs about insects.

Joe Gideon

Joe Gideon
first came to wider attention with his band Bikini Atoll. Their album ‘Moratoria’ (Bella Union, 2003) was well received, with lead track “Desolation Highway” featuring in the film “My Little Eye”. Their second album ‘Liar’s Exit’ (2005), recorded with Steve Albini, received glowing reviews from NME and Q magazine amongst others.

Soon after, Joe decided to hone his craft as a songwriter and formed Joe Gideon & The Shark, a two-piece band with his sister Viva. Their debut album, “Harum Scarum” (Bronzerat records – 2009) achieved a rare 6-stars-out-of-5 review in Time Out magazine. Joe Gideon & The Shark toured with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Seasick Steve. By the time their second album ‘Freakish’ came out in 2012, again to great reviews, Joe and Viva had decided to move on.

Having befriended Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos, Joe invited him to contribute drums on his debut solo LP, ‘Versa Vice’ (Bronzerat records, 2015).­ Joe Gideon’s second solo LP ‘Armagideon’ (Clouds Hill, 2020), was released just before the world closed its doors. The record was written and recorded with Jim and bandmate Gris-De-Lin, with the trio playing all the instruments in densely layered arrangements, which included an army of saxophones, an antique piano, choirs, and a junkyard’s trove of percussion.

This album contains no booklet.

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