Chris Pearson: guitar, keys, vocoder, drum programming, samples, laptop, vision
Christo Buffam: guitar, effects, noises, atmosphere, style
Ekranoplan was formed in 2007 by Green Magnet School co-founder and former Sub Pop recording artist Chris Pearson, and after several tentative line-up changes settled in with Christo Buffam (The Vandelles/Sanguine Drone) on guitar and effects.
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After a decade-long hiatus, Chris Pearson returns to music with a fresh new take: EKRANOPLAN. His first foray since abandoning the group he co-founded, experimental noise pioneers Green Magnet School, EKRANOPLAN finds Pearson in uncharted, though not entirely unfamiliar musical territory.
Not content to travel the well-worn mellow “singer/songwriter” path that many of his peers amble down in the waning autumn of their careers, Pearson fuses genre components of electronica, ambient, noise, post-rock and film soundtrack with some of the more volume-heavy histrionics and experiments that made GMS stick out from the pack in Boston’s musical landscape during the early nineties (and wound up getting them signed to heavy-hitting indie label Sub Pop.)
While not entirely abandoning the vocal (or guitar) duties he performed as the singer of Green Magnet School, EKRANOPLAN finds Pearson channeling samples, sounds and noises into a more cinematic blend of instrumentation that has more in common with such contemporary sonic stalwarts as Mogwai, MONO and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, while maintaining a narcotic groove that suggests Suicide or Spacemen 3 born anew for the mp3 generation.
As to the songs, check the angular punch of “Slabbath”, the hypnotic space-rock of “The Bickle Rosetta”, and the warped electro-hybrid of “Suite: Thebaine” to hear the proof. And let’s not forget “Sick”- which features performances by members of legendary 90’s underground trailblazers Come and Six Finger Satellite.
Joined onstage by guitarist Christo Buffam (Sanguine Drone/The Vandelles), EKRANOPLAN is a formidable sonic venture, often featuring special guests in addition to Pearson’s organically based, guitar-centric laptopmetry. Be on the lookout for upcoming shows in the New England/NYC area…
“…Daring new electro… enterprising space-punk...”
-The Boston Globe, July 2008
“Pearson takes his post-punk noise rock into the upper reaches of the stratosphere... Fans of Spacemen 3, Rhys Chatham, Can, and Wire will instantly be drawn into these dripping (yet rocking) sonic landscapes.”
-The Noise (Boston), May 2008