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Rhyton - Navigating By Starlight MIE 035

MIE is out of this world to be working with Rhyton on their new LP 'Navigating by Starlight'. Having worked with the trio Dave Shuford, Jimy Seitang and Rob Smith on various Black Dirt Oak releases and Rob on the Pigeons LP too it was great to be able to get to work with them together in their Rhyton guise. It will be released in glossy tip-on sleeves for the decadent look and comes with d/l codes and will be released on the Winter Solstice, 22nd December.

Read on for Byron Coley's thoughts on the record and the bands own words:

"Navigating by Starlight is the elegantly distended fourth LP by a New York band known for its fine taste in bourbon as well as its ability to explore strangely forested nooks of space. Composed of two side-long excursions of heavily-bearded improv, this is what Bruce Dern should have been listening to throughout Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running.

The first side is called “Lovejoy Vapor Trail,” after the recently discovered comet said to be releasing enough alcohol to fill 500 bottles of George T. Stagg every second. Who could fail to be staggered by such a suggestion? Not these guys. Dave Shuford's guitar vomits stars in all known directions, Jimy Seitang's bass and synth cover the proceedings with a blanket of darkness and Rob Smith's drums drive things along like a pulsar.

The flip, “Scylla and Charybdis,” continues Rhyton's linguistic love affair with Ancient Greece. But with Shuford on electric mandolin, and the rhythm section picking their way between the twin threats more carefully than usual, the band creates a vibe that is more space-swamp than whirlpool (at least in this writer's opinion). By which I mean its method of sucking you into its vortex is staggered rather than continuous. Of course, once you've stuck your head into Rhtyon's sound-barrel, the specifics of destruction don't matter much do they?

500 bottles of Stagg a second...that would sure take care of the world shortage, wouldn't it?"

--Byron Coley

After crafting Kykeon, the most detailed and finely intermeshed recording of their output, the cosmic compatriots Rhyton decided to get back to basics and kick out the jams with both ferocity and stateliness. Their newest slab entitled Navigating by Starlight features two sidelong improvised slices of molten music recorded by the redoubtable Jason Meagher at apex temperatures at his upstate New York Black Dirt Studio. The first side "Lovejoy Vapor Trail" comprises a journey from an initial solemn invocation, rushing through areas of blinding scree toward a summit of relaxed but rough and tough guitar elevation. The second side with its natural bifurcation was an instant composition of two halves that balance perfectly and exhibit a subdued menace. Rhyton is very pleased to be joining the stellar MIE family, just in time for the rebirth of the sun!

-- Rhyton

Pressing Information

500 LPs in a heavy tip-on sleeve.
Comes with D/L and some amazing artwork.


  1. Lovejoy Vapor Trail
  2. Scylla and Charybdis