Matt LaJoie – Mother Hum
12.14.22 by Ryan Masteller
Hey kids, align your friggin’ chakras and resonate your “Om’s” with intention, because Matt LaJoie is back in the hizzy! As if he ever left, right? All that Flower Room stuff that he puts out and curates, the Starbirthed, the Herbcraft – the dude has been tripping the light fantastic for the past twenty years, which is basically an entire career (or half of one; I should know), and coalescing psychic harmony in steady outbursts of celestial sound in an effort to singlehandedly bring about everlasting peace on this planet. Has he succeeded? Heck no. But we enjoy the bejeezus out of him trying, whether we deserve that enjoyment or not (most of us don’t).
Ol’ Matty La-J’s tapped into something on this one though – boy has he. “Mother Hum” is the reverberating waveforms of the natural auras of this planet, the implied “Nature” following “Mother” as obvious as the truths beamed into and captured by your third eye. The “Hum,” of course, is the essential vibration given off by Nature, the resounding frequency a penetrating and restorative force manifest in sound. All Matt has to do is hook up a bunch of effects pedals, plug his guitar into the heart of existence, and zone out to the cosmos. The effect is akin to observing a supernova in slo-mo from a distance of light-years.
Over four glistening numbers, “Mother Hum” connects every living soul on the planet to each other, binding them in a protective spiritual sheath and weaving the magic of the spheres into their very DNA. Whether or not this permanently takes or dissipates after the tape’s forty minutes is for other experts to determine, your yogis and your shamans and your experimental physics doctorates. They’re the ones with the instruments to measure, they’re the ones that will have to tell us whether or not “Mother Hum” actually worked. I myself tend to fall under the “skeptic” category, but I’m the one listening to this thing, and it’s hard for me to doubt it.
Matt LaJoie took a break from Flower Room and released this bad boy on Distant Bloom, an incredible choice if you ask me. Edition of 76.