By Marc Ramey
The ethereal music of Analog Missionary portrays the ectophilic (a wide subgenre of music featuring predominantly female vocals–) influences of this ambient-progressive, art-rock style band. The band consists of Anstrom, Tony, Kevin, and Mark. This band crosses a wide variety of genres throughout their music. Sometimes they can be calm and mind-blowing while pulling off a deceitfully earth-shattering, unpredictable style that leaves the listener begging for more.
Anstrom’s powerful voice can lead the imagination into a journey on one of her body language-based stage performances. One eye catching aspect of this singer is that she also plays a theremin. The theremin contributes to Analog Missionary’s unusual and often encircling sounds that grab the attention of their fans. Package her voice with the meshing feel of Tony’s magical surrounding transitions of the keyboard, and you have another portrayal of their unique sound along the Gulf Coast.
Tony plays both the keyboard and bass. Tony wields himself with quite an arsenal when it comes to his playing abilities. One of Tony’s focuses is his creative playing style on the Chapman Stick. This “stick” is a 12-string instrument that is played by tapping the strings with both hands. He uses his abilities with this Chapman Stick to simultaneously play bass lines, lead melodies, chords, and rhythm parts. He utilizes it in conjunction with bass guitar, keyboards, and bass peddles to produce a real presence in each song and to keep it fresh for those listening. His playing style is very adept while he adds his own unique touch to the ambient-progressive style of Analog Missionary.
Kevin seems to quietly sit back and deliver his powerful performance on guitar. While layering his style into their sound, Kevin is constantly complementing the tone and mood of the particular piece he is working on rather than trying to impose riffs and licks within the piece. Kevin looks for a subdued way to support the flow of the piece while adding his rhythmic and lethal style into their ambient-progressive sound.
Mark’s diverse playing style on drums kicks off the psychedelic feel which leads into a powerful transition of all band members. These transitions combined will give you that deceitfully earth-shattering, unpredictable style that will have you asking for a cd at the end of their show.
Analog Missionary has two great cd’s that you can purchase from www.analogmissionary.com. Transmitter and Voyage of the Demeter are some of the best examples of ambient-progressive style music. Both cd’s are self released at their own Mars Hill Recording studio. If you are an aspiring artist looking for a studio, this is one to check out. You can get more information on this studio at http://www.gulftel.com/marshill/studio.html.
Overall, Analog Missionary has developed a unique sound here on the Gulf Coast. Their ambient-progressive style is considered by many fans in the area to be one of the best kept secrets here on the coast. Analog Missionary will not be a secret for long as they are setting the stage for more fans to join the masses of this unpredictable style of ethereal music.