The Man From RavCon creates melodic instrumental music… music with a strong visual appeal designed to create images in the listener's mind… music that takes the listener away…
Having founded, performed and recorded for over a decade with well respected Charlotte, NC based rock band, The Ravelers, multi-instrumentalist Mike Brown has chosen to take a completely new direction with his latest project. No longer feeling the constraints of maintaining a band with live performance obligations, Brown has taken full advantage of this freedom by pushing his music beyond the expected. As The Man From RavCon, Brown focuses on creating adventurous instrumental music featuring Mellotron enriched arrangements accentuated by stately piano and organ, interweaving synths, throbbing bass, and dynamic percussion, which provide a scenic backdrop for his melodic, tone-ful, and often understated guitar work.
With his first Man From RavCon release, Zombie Pimp Cowboys From Outer Space (January, 2010), Brown drew inspiration from the sounds of spaghetti western, blaxploitation, and B-horror cinema. This multi-genre release earned praise from a wide variety of listeners, and provided a solid foundation for future growth.
The debut was soon followed by the August 2010 release, Everything Is Golden. The focus was guitar-driven surf rock, but the soundtrack element remained in evidence as exemplified by the featured arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s classic Once Upon A Time In The West theme.
July, 2011 brought the The Man From RavCon Rides Again, a guitar-based Spaghetti Western effort which incorporated diverse elements ranging from Country Swing to Progressive Rock. Deep surfy single-note guitar melodies, Hammond Organ, and Mellotron orchestration combined to create a sound described as “progressive twang”.
Just two months later, The Man From RavCon released Night Of The Beast, a special download only project which payed homage to the atmospheric sounds of 70s and 80s cult horror films. It was quite a departure from the previous two guitar-based releases, but expanded territory originally explored with the debut release.
In early 2012, The Man From RavCon contributed three new Man From RavCon tracks to the Austin, TX based Deep Eddy Records’ release, il Triello: Three Western Tales. This project, which also included tracks from Austin’s Nematoads, and Great Britain’s Los Fantasticos, celebrated the classic sounds of the Spaghetti Western genre.
August 2012, signaled the arrival of The Traveler. Showcasing an atmospheric blend of Psych-Prog, Surf, Spy, and Spaghetti Western sounds, The Traveler proved to be what Creative Loafing reviewer Patrick Moran praised as The Man From RavCon’s “most organic and integrated release to date.” The editors at Vintage Guitar Magazine were impressed enough with The Traveler to feature a review in the top slot of the “Hit List” in their December 2012 issue. The Traveler remains a fan favorite.
Hailed as kaleidoscopic, stratospheric, transcendent and euphoric, Skyscraper (October 15, 2013), continued to successfully integrate and transform The Man From RavCon’s varied influences into something truly unique. Skyscraper received outstanding reviews from a number of sources, including Grant Moon, editor of the well respected UK publication, PROG Magazine.
Released on March 3, 2015, The Puzzle Master was regarded by many as the best Man From RavCon release to date. Diving deeper still into the progressive rock territory explored on previous albums, the weaving synths & guitars, soaring mellotron, and alternate rhythms provided listeners with an even more expansive instrumental listening experience. As reviewer, Ian Jane, of RockShockPop.com stated, “it’s the type of thing you want to lie down and listen to alone in the dark, just to really take it all in properly.” The album has been highly rated by critics at Progression Magazine, Sea of Tranquility, and many others.
Delivering seven albums in only six years, it’s easy to see why Brown has been labeled prolific, and with the upcoming eighth Man From RavCon offering, Strange Universe, it appears there’s no end in sight to his exploration, expansion and creation of new, exotic and exciting sonic territories.