“Ancient Ocean exist within the deepest realms of deep listening, droning soundscapes both ambient and astral in nature, weaved together with a sense of a serpentine stream of consciousness. The music of Ancient Ocean brings forth a certain set of emotions – pleasantly-puzzling, stimulating, and enthusiastic emotions, brought about by a warm exploration of individuals slowing time. The individual slowing time in this case is J.R. Bohannon, the sea-worthy steward of the Ancient Ocean sound.” – Ryan Muldoon, Revolt of the Apes
“For over a decade, Mark McGuire has made guitar music for subterranean stargazing. He was, most notably, in the synthy guitar duo Emeralds until 2013, but his solo work has always stood apart as a thoughtful lesson in effects-driven guitar music. In his second LP for the VDSQ label, Ideas Of Beginnings, McGuire splits sides: strummy, melodic, acoustic instrumentals, and a wide range of electric pieces.
“Beginning Of Winter” is built around a delay-reliant guitar loop that feels like it’s always been and always will be. The melody ripples like a pond in the dimensional rift, adding parts and disappearing just as quickly, climaxing in layers of looped euphoria. In this video, the meditative guitar-playing McGuire slowly fades from a double-exposure of the forest, slowly covered in snow and ice.”