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Death Blues is a multi-disiplinary project by Jon Mueller that addresses the inevitability of death as impetus to become fully present in each moment. “Non-fiction” is the third musical installment in the larger Death Blues project, and the first for SIGE Records. “Non-ficiton” opens with a a single and insistent pulse, the foundation upon which two side-long pieces that comprise the album are built. Serving as a thematic anchor, the rhyth- mic cycles propelling the compositions are the albums lifesblood - ceaselessly active, blossoming in permutated variations through drumkit, various percussion, guitars, and voice. Movements contract and expand, sparsely rendered themes increase in density reaching maximum satura- tion, all are infused with a sense of spirited determination. Constructed through the implementation of ostensibly rock-based idiom, the sound of Death Blues transcends form through the sheer intensity of its immersive qualities. Ham- mered guitars, interlocking percussive patterns and overlapping chants guides the listener into the present moment - to live in, with and through the insistent vibrancy of song. The composi- tions invite us into a space both meditative and jarring, alien yet familiar, disconcerting and comforting. Most significantly, they are born from a place of pure expression, discarding mere existence, in favor of devotion to a life fully lived.
In further investigation of “Non-fiction” Mueller himself writes: While the early phase of Death Blues addressed the idea of being present in the moment, some logical questions became apparent: What is the moment? What is reality? In order to navigate one’s relationship to the moment, each person must understand what that is. To complicate things, that is constantly changing, yet it is real. ‘Non-fiction’ explores ideas around this situation - the differences in what and how reality exists, and how essentially, each of us creates our own reality to some degree.