The Long Sun

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In the summer of 2001, Scenic members Bruce Licher, Robert Loveless, and Mark Mastopietro worked on new ideas at Licher's home recording studio, ultimately deciding to go in other directions. Three years later, four songs that were recorded at these sessions were issued on this 10" EP, jointly released by the Independent Project and St. Ives labels. There's really not much difference between this material and what's been put out on higher-profile Scenic discs: it's evocative, slightly spooky, experimental ambient but accessible instrumental rock, the long 13-minute title track on side A backed by three shorter pieces on side B. Perhaps they're a little more low-key and basic in their production than much of the band's other output, with "A Quiet Event" putting the focus on basic acoustic guitar patterns and "Moonshine" on overlapping shimmers of notes without underlying rhythms or riffs. It's a collector-oriented release for sure, as a limited edition of 600, each bandmember hand-painting or hand-printing 200 copies of the back cover, itself held together by eyelets hammered into the lower corner.