After a long hiatus since releasing the Downy Mildew discography, An Accidental Universe is the return of Charlie Baldonado to the universe of contemporary music.
This album eases the listener in with glassy guitar and blissful psychedelic vocal choruses, accelerates with driving jangle and meandering plucking that moves melancholia forward and at times becomes a sonic merry-go-round. The momentous songs of changing perspectives and temporality weave in and out of decelerated somber yet dreamy odes to drifting and fugitive experience. The album finishes by revisiting an earlier track in a different tempo and instrumentation, emphasizing that time in the constant both in subject matter and medium. An Accidental Universe is rich with mind-expanding music sensibilities that Baldonado has mined since his youth, as well as vivid post punk sensibilities he contributed to in the period of his previous records with Downy Mildew (1986 to 1994).
Anchored on drums by long time friend and collaborator John Hofer (Downy Mildew, the Mother Hips, Freewheelers), Baldonado plays all instruments and handles all vocals with help from his daughter Paulina. The album was produced and mastered by John Paterno (Los Lobos, Stephen Duffy, Roger Manning). The results have culminated in an album that upon hearing , we know we've been waiting 24 years for.
RJ Bloke (Patrolled by Radar)
RJ Bloke aka Jay Souza is the singer-songwriter for roots rock, alt-country band Patrolled By Radar based in Los Angeles, CA. His mother is the great granddaughter of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
Shortly after Bloke was born in Boston, MA the family relocated to Atlanta, GA. At age 5, his father left his mother taking he and his younger brother back to Boston where they were raised around the family trucking business, in a 'triple decker' along with an aunt, uncle, and seven cousins. He rode shotgun on the big-rigs most summers during childhood, throughout the Northeast.
After college Bloke drove to Los Angeles without a license, registration, or windshield wipers, where he now lives with his wife Brooke and dog Aero.