Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Back in 2010, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter BRANT BJORK, a former member of iconic rock bands Kyuss and Fu Manchu, had gone into the desert.
More specifically he went to Joshua Tree, California, as he has often done in the past to record albums, and this occasion didn’t present any different plans. Brant had come to record another solo album when, four days into the sessions with his long-time friend and engineer, Tony Mason, he had a change of heart. Abandoning the eight songs he had worked on, he asked Mason to start rolling tape and Brant proceeded to play drums in his natural, improvisational style.
Multiple drum performances were tracked and recorded, leading Brant to begin layering guitars, bass, and percussion onto them. He used the rest of his studio time essentially jamming by himself and when the recording session had come to an end, Bjork put the eight initial unfinished tracks on the shelf, as well as his solo jam session tracks. At that time in 2010, Brant had no formal plans to release any of the music from those sessions, including the freestyle jams he had come to call ‘Jacoozzi‘ by that point.
“I was much more content with the jam tracks, as it was a creative release that was needed at that time. I decided to call the collective tracks, Jacoozzi. At the time, it reminded me of the feeling of my first solo recording sessions for my first solo release, Jalamanta… Only more free.”
Almost a decade later, Heavy Psych Sounds Records releases the jams captured from BRANT BJORK‘s sonic sabbatical style trip to the desert. The mostly instrumental “Jacoozzi” album (the song “Do You Love Your World” has vocals) arrived on vinyl LP and CD April 5th, and you can experience these liberating tunes via the release stream below. Purchase the album at Heavy Psych Sounds.
01. Can’t Out Run The Sun
02. Guerrilla Funk
03. Mexico City Blues
04. Five Hundred Thousand Dollars
05. Black & White Wonderland
07. Mixed Nuts
08. Lost In Race
10. Do You Love Your World?