John Beckmann’s Mortal Prophets’ unveils ‘Brian Eno In Heaven’ EP: A darkly reflective voyage through cinematic soundscapes

In the words of sculptor David Smith, "My reality... is not one thing; it is a chain of interlocking visions." This sentiment resonates deeply with John Beckmann, a quintessential downtown New York artist
29 May 2024

In the spirit of a call to constantly renew ideas, John Beckmann’s Mortal Prophets’ latest EP, Brian Eno In Heaven, opens the gate to another slice of his alluring yet darkly reflective cinematic soundscapes.

Brian Eno In Heaven was mixed and mastered by Andres Mayo and Martín Muscatello in Dolby Atmos and recorded at Lux Astralis, New York. Once again, John Beckmann took over all music, production, and cover art, with vocals by Dämmerungschor.

Each track is a journey, beginning with the haunting opener Drowned Lands, a haunting atmosphere is created in a place where dark drones and synthesized textures are present.​  Mesmer on Holiday charms listeners further into an eerie, magical presence with its entrancing melodies, while Swimming with Witches pulsates with rhythmic intensity, conjuring images of mystical realms and occult rituals.

As the EP unfolds, Fraulein Anna Sprengel offers a nod to the mysterious origins of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, weaving a tale shrouded in intrigue. Yet, the title track, Brian Eno in Heaven, stands out sparkling bright. John Beckmann’s elaborate sound transports listeners to celestial heights with its sweeping orchestration and ethereal vocals, inviting them to lose themselves in its haunting beauty. In this stunning EP, John Beckmann and the Mortal Prophets once again establish themselves as restless innovators, leading listeners through a labyrinth of unsettling yet fascinating sonic explorations.

In the words of sculptor David Smith, “My reality… is not one thing; it is a chain of interlocking visions.” This sentiment resonates deeply with John Beckmann, a quintessential downtown New York artist whose boundless creativity has manifested in a diverse array of solo projects and collaborations with his band, the Mortal Prophets.

Mortal Prophet and Beckmann’s artistic journey is as mercurial as it is expansive, spanning from early blues-infused electronic experiments to what he terms Imaginary Cinema in his cosmic cowboy-themed venture, The Twang Gang [Live in Berlin]. Most recently, he explored the realm of haunting orchestration with Hanussen: The Enigmatic Clairvoyant, a work that pays homage to composer György Ligeti while forging its path of enigmatic allure.

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