Music Monday: Pegasus Warning
The music world is falling hard for the sonic witchcraft of Pegasus Warning, whose name came to musician Guillermo E. Brown in a dream.
Pegasus Warning is nothing less than sonic witchcraft. The spectacular Los Angeles-based musician not only writes and produces his own work, he also plays percussion, sings and is a brilliant performance artist.
Guillermo E Brown is the brilliant mind behind the moniker, which came to him in a dream. “It’s a pitched-down clarion call turned into a drum as a sonic symbol to stay on one’s path and follow through on your dreams,” Brown explained to Pigeons and Planes.
The native New Yorker describes himself as being “born to a Panamanian priest-wizard and an American ethnomusicologist-healer.” Brown began playing music at the age of five, with his exploration led by his grandfather, a percussionist and electrician. In 2010, Pegasus Warning crystallized after touring the world with soul singer Jamie Lidell, who helped produce several tracks for Brown.
Brown relocated to sunnier climate of L.A. and landed a gig as the house drummer for The Late Late Show with James Corden. With a jazz percussion background, Brown creates avant garde R&B infused with rock, jazz, nods to the 90’s and, well … stardust … that fits in with the crowd of mutants and misfits of the city’s gender-bending electronic music scene, but stands out as something truly incredible.
Brown’s influences include the likes of Sun Ra, Grace Jones, Prince, Donny Hathaway and Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, as well as seminal Black-led punk bands Bad Brains, Fishbone and Living Colour. Pegasus Rising has been described by vocalist/producer Mike Ladd as “The System 2.0” and filmmaker Harmony Korine deemed him “a male Chaka Khan.”
Brown explains the recent PwEP2 and its first single as “a combination of all different sounds and styles — it’s a character, it’s a god, it’s an art project, it’s a band. “Building A Bridge” is a really sweet representation of my new sound and attention to detail.”
These beautiful sonic collages are as much a treat to the eyes as they are to the ears, as seen in the video for “Change.”
We’re not the only ones falling for Pegasus Warning.
“Pegasus Warning has a divine ability to shapeshift through many mediums: percussionist, vocalist, writer, producer, performance artist, visionary. His sound similarly takes on the most unlikely of forms, straddling the line between funked-out mutant R&B, experimental rock, stunning to-the-gut soul, broken electronics, strange textures and pulsing rhythms,” NPR says of the project.
The second track of Pegasus Warning’s recent EP, “Read My Mind,” was written and produced with DJ/producer Robert Lux. “It is a lullaby for those cold city nights alone, the moments when the only heat is the light from your phone,” Guillermo explains to Pigeons and Planes. “In between wake and sleep, stirred by heartstrings pulled by the one you want. Flames kept alive via electric waves through the air.”
The PwEP2 EP was released September 30 on Brown’s own label, Melanin Harmonique Records.
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