posted August 1st, 2013

Wot's that? Something in the forest is calling! Signals emanate from the old dark hollow, and transistorized tunes echo from inside a mossy log, crackling and rambling in the air of watery sunlight and tensed moon mist alike. Transfixed, Donovan washed his hands in muddy water and wandered on to the oracle. And this is WOT he/she said... Here is a mysterious man, cheerful and dark. You don't want to get in too deep but it's too late. It is Mike Donovan's way this time around, and he's flying the flag himself.

WOT's the name of this bolt from weed-ridden left field, the most hands-down, top-up debut alb. rolling 'round in 2013. Rife with riffing TUNES! Of course, Donovan's debut comes following a distinguished run of tunesmithing for noise-popster poster boyz Sic Alps, so he's well prepared to go the solo route with a sac fulla songs. Lyrically, Mike's sharpened the lead for a less random line drawn in the sand - but he's still alit on allusive trips, lost in crystal canyons, turning a phrase with an acid flick of the wrist-watch. In this life, there is a brooding pregnance as he intones over some front-porch 21st-century j'accuse-tic blues with a blur of bygone, half-plugged, elegiac slo-mo rocknroll rubbed in for good measure. Guitars intersecting in the manner of the old loom the Stones once used, weaving in blue. Where rubric becomes fabric becomes freecidelic. Confronting the empty in acrostic (inner) space, WOT is Plastic Ono dyspeptic arrhythmia, with Mike's soul shoutouts at the five-and-dime buried in the symmetry. The dream is over, so he's starting a new dream.

Live a little inside of it, and sample the first single and opening track from WOT - "New Fieldhand Bop" - WOT hits the street October 15th! Before then, you can check Mike Donovan on tour, dates beneath the jam.

8/1/13 Catalyst Atrium Santa Cruz CA w/Ty Segall
8/25/13 Verge Center for the Arts Sacramento CA w/Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross
8/27/13 The Hemlock Tavern San Francisco CA w/Sun Foot
8/29/13 Crossroads San Luis Obispo CA w/Sun Foot
8/30/13 MOCA Hollywood Los Angeles CA
8/31/13 Pehrspace Los Angeles CA w/Huxley Anne, Sun Foot, Pollyan & the Johnson Sisters
9/2/13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA w/Ty Segall
9/4/13 Fernwood Resort Big Sur CA w/Ty Segall
9/5/13 The New Parish Oakland CA w/Ty Segall
9/6/13 Music Fest NW Portland OR w/ Ty Segall
9/7/13 Neumo's Seattle WA w/Ty Segall
9/8/13 Neurolux Boise ID w/Ty Segall
9/9/13 Holland Project Reno NV w/Ty Segall
9/10/13 Bows & Arrows Sacramento CA

Artists in this story: Mike Donovan