Alien Trailways

T. Pope, Vocals

T. Pope, Vocals

Alien Trailways from Tri-Cornered Tent Show continues their journey though sci-fi space jazz psychedelic, world chant, and lo-fi electronics that nods to both a Lovecraftian past and the future of Sun-RA and Philip K. Dick. The Tent Show is joined by the deep soul voice of Toni Pope from San Diego California. She has intensely studied the singing tradition of the Siberian shaman, the Mongolian overtone and undertone-voice; the katajag singing of the Inuit, Indian, and African guttural pressed techniques which require the highest precision and power. Cover art by CJ Borosque,

Philip Everett: Electric Lapharp

Ray Schaeffer: Electric Basses

Anthony Flores: Drums

Toni Pope: Vocals, Lyrics, Drone



“ALIEN TRAILWAYS: This is not a revivalist depiction of the good old days based upon a setting where Dr. Smith’s miracle elixir was the fodder for tent-shows across the western regions of the United States. On the contrary, these musicians morph a slice of Americana into a surreal Dali-esque sequence of psychodramas, heaping with acoustic-electric abstracts. It’s a pleasant and persuasive type of madness that sucks in elements of jazz improvisation, psychedlia, and vintage space-rock. Nonetheless, the program is quite bizarre and holds true to the album title via alien sojourns amid a sea of cyclonic movements and prismatic hues. The band often liquefies themes and reformulates into tangents that spawn drones, tumbling rhythms and edgy circumstances. Not for everyone and radio play might be a stretch. However, the musicians provide a cunning snapshot into musical highways infrequently traversed. Moreover, the artists reassert Edgetone Records’ forward-thinking strategies. “

– Glenn Astarita, Ejazz news (Jul 11, 2011)


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