An American expat based in Paris, Frank Maston crafts sonic worlds of singular origin. Reminiscent of the deepest crates of library music and vintage Italian film scores, Maston’s output (four LPs to date beginning with 2013’s Shadows) feels at once widescreen and cinematic, yet intimate. Following up last year’s collaboration with Swiss septet L’Eclair, Souvenir, this month sees the release of Panorama via the London based Be With Records. To accompany the album’s release, Maston laid down his first Lagniappe Session in Paris, paying tribute to Dutch popper Alice Deejay, along with a tune via a 1966 episode of Star Trek.
Cinematic soundscapes abound. In early October of last year, Maston and L’Eclair traveled to Leysin – a small ski village high in the Swiss Alps, and home to Ritmo Studio. Joined by a small film crew, and engineer Benoit Gerard, the group recorded live versions of selections from the Maston catalog, including songs from the albums Tulips, Panorama and 2021’s Souvenir.
Recorded over the span of 48 hours in his adopted home of Holland, this is very much a Maston record, yet one as scanned through the collective lens of the Swiss prog-jazz quintet, L’Eclair.
More ether-access basement broadcasts transmitting from the hills of Glassell Park, Calif. Welcome to episode two of the Aquarium Drunkard picture show: Liminal Shift.
Feat: Julien Gasc / Maston / Map of Africa / White Fence / Conspiracy of Owls / Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy / Ty Segall / Thee Oh Sees / John Andrews & The Yawns / Lou Reed & more …
This is the story of taking mushrooms, unintentionally playing a record mastered for 45 RPM at 33, and discovering its shadow self . . . and then discussing the experience with its architect. Sonic examples, for the curious, included.
Frank Maston’s Tulips is a ‘70s film score on a hit of acid, Elmer Bernstein sweating through a bad trip only to arrive at an ecstatic come up. Maston’s brilliance lies […]