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Auto Chlor's new release is a mosaic of national and international stars — all incognito, but we reveal all (or most)



Back in April, I told you about a new release by Auto Chlor on area label Illuminated Paths. Well, the enigmatic and amorphous group of experimentalists led by distinguished former Orlandoan Timothy Murray have just made another major release, probably their grandest and most remarkable to date. While no longer local, Murray's got deep history and connections to the 407, and this sprawling three-cassette release is testament to that.

Usually, the identities of those involved in Auto Chlor are obscured in a roster of pseudonyms that's as enigmatic as a Black Moth Super Rainbow lineup (e.g., xx periscope, yy periscope, $, Sonic Broom, Forgot Spoo, O. Chit, EWAP x, CuCu Preserve, Rex Dangerous, lil leaf, the pillow book, L. Lite A.L., etc.). But hidden behind all the arcane aliases on this particular release are lots of noteworthy Orlando freaks, not to mention some other big underground names. So, rather than let this significant fact go unheralded, I used a little bit of ace journalistic persuasion and got them to agree to be identified this once just to underscore how much of a star-studded coup this three-part work is, locally and beyond.

The just-released, mostly Florida-powered Auto Chlor collection — a trilogy of Old Verticals, Are Bad (do what thou wilt and all that jazz) and New Horizons — features an accomplished list of present and erstwhile Central Florida scene figures like Matt Kamm (Telethon), Brian Esser (Yip-Yip), Alex Goldman (Thee Wilt Chamberlain), Steven Head (Acoqui), Joachim Polack (Pearl & the Oysters), Whit Evans (Future on Films in Space), Anna Wallace (Moon Jelly), Gerald Perez (Maximino), Phil Ileto (Oh Kay Mary Kay), John Contos (Glen Runciter), Brian Lee and Brian Baskoff (Temporally).

Equally notable is that these homegrown talents are exploring outer orbit here among accomplished national and international stars like Takako Minekawa, Dustin Wong (Ponytail, Ecstatic Sunshine), Cameron Stallones (Sun Araw), Bert Hoover (Hooveriii), Ace Farren Ford (Los Angeles Free Music Society), Michael Lundy (Rap Vacation), Noah Klein (Cuddle Formation) and Cole Berliner (Kamikaze Palm Tree). That's some collaborator list, and it's proof that Murray is Oddlando's latest local-boy-made-good story and making some real waves out in L.A.

This extended release is available digitally and on cassette on Auto Chlor's Bandcamp. Speaking of keeping things close to home turf, main brain Tim Murray will soon be back in town, so a live Auto Chlor show has just been booked for July 29 at — where else? — Uncle Lou's. Go get weird.

Orlando band Milk Carton Superstars recently released Volume and Capacity. Informed by pandemic separation and the creation-by-turns method that they took to make previous album Freud Lloyd Wright, the songwriting duo of Guy Larmay and Jim Myers managed to craft this sixth album from their own separate corners. It's an eclectic gumbo that pairs oblique alternative rock with some sleek psych futurism. Volume and Capacity is up now on all major platforms.

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