Few announcements of new releases compare to those from Austin TX based ambient music artist Massergy. Prior to its introduction, in explaining the Fire Opal – a richly red-orange colored stone in Mexican folklore that is believed to have been created in the heavens, and imbued with mystical powers of healing and protection. Massergy’s “FIRE OPAL”, seemingly transforms that myth into music, a sonic blending of his analog recordings and the great outdoors; and with that, the new album was released March 22nd (2019) on the Portland, OR-based record label Spotted Peccary Music.
It is his first release on the label and apparently his first new full release in almost four years.
According to Massergy (aka Eric Jensen),the new release was “inspired by a Mexican ceremony called “Velada” – a psychedelic healing ritual performed by Mazatec Indian doctors and healers referred to as “curanderas.” The purpose of a Velada is to break the boundaries of our perception in order to commune with gods, spirits and divine beings, and reveal profound visions, to ultimately achieve healing and knowledge.”
Born in Chicago, and now based in Austin, Texas, Jensen is a self-taught composer of ambient soundscapes who creates records and mixes music entirely outdoors in his open-aired studio located within a nature preserve using only analog hardware, including keyboards, and guitars. Recording “Fire Opal” was no exception.
“My ‘studio’ is a small elevated balcony in the middle of a nature preserve, essentially my backyard” Jensen explains. “The preserve is home to several coyotes, owls, deer and other creatures. Think 2 a.m. with a huge sky full of stars, eerie moonlight, and the sounds of strange creatures. I can see my own breath, there’s a light mist in the air, it’s very sleepy; that’s the kind of atmosphere where my magical moments often occur.”
-source of news article courtesy of and shared by press release