"Drifting amongst the recurring themes and throbbing rhythms are swirls of dark ambience not unfamiliar from Porras’ guitar work, though these are clearly synthesised. Whether it is this mix of the familiar and the new, the meeting of colder electronic tones with evolving composition or simply Porras’ mastery of atmosphere, there is something uncanny about these tones. Along with the ritualistic nods in LXTVNY’s words and rhythms it makes the experience quite disturbing, in that way that leaves you unsure as to what exactly you are disturbed by. " - Matt Gilley / Fluid Radio
JON PORRAS SOLO
"While the west coast is hung up on the haze of beachy guitars, Porras is seeing the sand for what it really is: desert. In doing so, he’s created an album whose only direct connection to the present is its commentary on the solitude that’s slipping away from us. Black Mesa is about keeping that solitude." -Adrian Dziewanski/ Dusted
Super 8 film ; unreleased bonus track from BLACK MESA.
Jon Porras - The Black Tide from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.