Label: Drag City
**2020 Repress. Special silk-screened covers, limited edition** The massed drone supergroup scale great heights and depths in their first communion for Drag City. Comprising the guimbri, gong, Arp 2600, Autoharp, drums and guitar of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, plus Bitchin Bajas' organ, bass clarinet, flute and synths, 'Automaginary' is a prime example of when many magick cooks make for an even more magickal broth, coaxing out the kind of potent, viscose drones that vibrate you and your surroundings 'til they dissolve and deliquesce like honey. Arcing and looping over the A-side with 'On No Fade', they play to a glacial time-scale, building from primordial, creaking string drones to radiant and celestial peaks across a breathtaking topography of string swell, synth rivulets and chest/throat-resonating frequencies.
On the other side they take ground themselves with percussion in four parts, from the scudding jazz cymbal rides and keening lustre of 'Anemometer', thru the dreaming harp sequence of 'Tricks Me My Mind', to the motorik patter of 'Sign Spinners' and the lolling, grooving hippy lushness of 'Autoimaginary' itself.
""Bajas and Abrams both find serenity amid perceived stasis—making music that sounds repetitive, but is constantly undergoing subtle scene shifts and mutations. More than that, both make music that sounds strangely timeless. The lack of complex harmony helps to diffuse Abrams’ relationship to much modern jazz and while Bajas' music pays homage to a certain group of composers, those musicians were looking back toward even older traditions. Automaginary works because both excel at making music that feels thoroughly modern, but also ancient."" Pitchfork