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Adam Forkner's White Rainbow project began with CD-Rs and soon evolved into multimedia installation pieces. White Rainbow's Kranky debut, Prism of Eternal Now, shows off the spectrum of Forkner's music, which occupies a blissful space somewhere between dream pop, drum circles, psychedelic rock, and avant-garde electronics. The album warms up with some relatively brief tracks: "Middle" sets Forkner's distorted vocals adrift on a shimmering sea of electronics, while the aptly named opener, "Pulses," layers yipping, tablas, a heavy synth bass straight out of '70s prog, and a lysergic guitar solo, proving that as transcendent as White Rainbow's music may be, it isn't always gentle. Likewise, the Terry Riley-inspired "For Terry" boasts some strangely feral electronic squeals, and "Mystic Prism"'s relentless bassline adds an ever-so-slightly ominous edge to its beauty. As Prism of Eternal Now unfolds, it gets more elongated and abstract, displaying Forkner's skill with setting moods and shaping atmospheres. "April 25 11:14 PM" and "Awakening"'s viscous electronic textures underscore Forkner's ties to Portland's other sonic wanderers, including Valet and Jackie-O Motherfucker. "Warm Clicked Fruit" may be Prism of Eternal Now's definitive track, its melody and whispery percussion ebbing and flowing like heartbeats and breathing, or breezes and rippling water, in a perfectly balanced blend of acoustics and electronics. Tribal yet modern, intricate yet spacious, this is White Rainbow's most accessible work.


Born: Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

White Rainbow is the solo project of Portland-based experimental/psychedelic musician Adam Forkner, who also played with Yume Bitsu and Surface of Eceon and works with Valet's Honey Owens as the duo World. As White Rainbow, Forkner plays music that is wide-ranging, encompassing lengthy pieces inspired by La Monte Young, Tangerine Dream, and Miles Davis, and he has also created multimedia installation works. In 2003, he released [[[[VVRSSNN]]]], which fused the space rock of Yume Bitsu with forays...
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