M. GEDDES GENGRAS “I Am the Last of That Green and Warm-Hued World” C80 (Hausu Mountain)

It was a labor of love in the end. After so much prognostication and hand-wringing, it finally came to pass that the Earth gave up the ghost, as it were, gagging its last noxious breath as the cesspool coating its surface finally won out. M. Geddes Gengras went with it, went down with the ship, so to speak, but not before transmitting his final missive, a love letter in cassette form to his once-vibrant homeworld. And so, “I Am the Last of That Green and Warm-Hued World” proceeds like a dream of sun-dappled afternoons in rich fields while the smells of springtime dance in your nostrils. It is a meditation on the breeze and the clouds, on currents and shadows, on oxygen and carbon dioxide.

No slouch behind the synthesizer – duh – Gengras continues a wildly inventive curious streak, taking his modular chops to Hausu Mountain this time around after having released amazing records on labels like Umor Rex, Stunned, and RVNG Intl. Each lengthy track here takes on a mystical quality, like MGG is attempting to tap into the spirit of the planet one last time before it bites the big one. Here he merges with the vibrations of life unburdened by its near-future extinction, tranquil and hopeful. Of course, that contemplation takes on a melancholy tone when you consider where we all end up, but until then we can ride it out in style with this joint in our headphones. (Or, uh, we can listen on our headphones while we go around and pick up trash or whatever. Being proactive.)

Maybe someday some entity will travel to Earth and find a copy of “I Am the Last of That Green and Warm-Hued World,” and maybe that being will get a sense of what the planet once was, before it turned into a chemical toilet unsuitable for carbon-based life (assuming (a) the tape’s playable and (b) the entity has something to play it on). Hopefully “I Am the Last” will make that creature very sad as it contemplates the wasted opportunities Earthlings had to contemplate serenity while conserving their resources. But that assumes that sadness is a transferrable emotion beyond the human experience – the alien may just not get it at all in the end, right?