Cox’s earlier material has been described by Gordon Lamb as “black sea-walls of utter doom and resignation that suck you straight into a vertical whirlpool of despair and isolation”. In 2016 Cox released a new self titled album that saw him move in a different musical direction. Cox has progressed beyond relying on the overwhelming heavy distorted dark sound of such albums as “Red At Morn” through improved song writing. The result is a more cerebral sound which makes Cox’s loud distorted dark rhythms more effective on Oxen Moon. Oxen Moon has numerous familiar elements from the world of experimental music but Cox succeeds at not simply rehashing what has been done before and provides refreshing new sonic art.
Cox has released earlier Sailor Winters releases in addition to releases by such artists as Better People, Demons That Drove, Krister Bergman and Panzram Division on his label Black Noise. Those years of working with different artists and expanding his musical horizons has allowed Cox to create Oxen Moon.
Release DateJune 30, 2017
SAIL ON: It’s been a year since we heard from Sailor Winters (aka Ryan Cox), and previous to that self-titled 2016 release, it had been nine years since we’d heard any new music from him. The new full-length Oxen Moon is a fine addition to an already impressive catalog. Significantly, Cox has slowly moved away from painting the world exclusively in black noise (although he maintains a record label named exactly that), and allowed slight bouts of discernible melody to lie on top of his multi-textured electronic experiments. In the previous decade, he seemed unstoppable, and it’s so nice to have him back on top of his game. Don’t look for this album to be wildly out of proportion if you’re familiar with Sailor Winters’ earlier output, but if you’re new to all this, it’ll function just fine as a top stair from which to make your descent into his history. Check it out at stickfigurerecordings.bandcamp.com and sailorwinters.bandcamp.com. – Gordon Lamb
Yeah duder, Sailor Winters is always a fun time!