Ouroboros is the work of a singular man, multi-instrumentalist, and amateur student of history and esoteric philosophy/theology. Sometimes folky, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes classic, sometimes progressive...and other such adjectives/clichés. Regardless, the underlying currents to it all are the recurring themes of cyclicality, spirituality, and humanity.
Jon Chouinard - Guitars, vocals, cello, keyboards, percussion, engineering & production
Misia Pisia and Desmond David Hume von Fuzzington - Purrs, claws & teeth, inspiration
Rudifus Maximus I - Spiritual guidance and general awesomness
Bryon du Nord - Quality Control
Indie Rock,Alternative Rock
My first attempt at the RPM Challenge. Sometimes acoustic, other times electric, some form of alt-rock I guess, though it has eluded my attempts at more specific classification. Just listen and (hopefully) enjoy!
An exploration of ideas related to one's perceptions and experiences of the world and society. Starts with a few pertinent questions for the eschatologically-minded (in honor of the year 2012), and travels through the cycle of love, fear, the longing for simplified existence (lost innocence, if you will), loss & regret, and finally (hopefully!) new understanding born of experience and reflection. This in turn brings us back to the start, wondering if it all will ever get where it's going... Best listened to on "Repeat". ;-)
The Green Tower(2013)
Well, we survived the end of the world on December 21st, so it looks like the serpent is on its way back around and we have a little breathing room (I hope). 2012 turned out to be a pretty good year for me - got married, bought a house, had our first child! As a result, this album comes from a little more rooted, home-y place. Seems like a pretty good spot to start spiraling back upward for the next cycle, and I'm certainly looking forward to it! Oh, and PS - Just pretend you don't see "Tolemac" on the track list here. Having to upload everything digitally makes it kind of hard to have a truly "secret" song.
The Silver Flame(2014)
The fall of King Arthur; the sorrow and bleakness that come from viewing an act of terror & destruction; the flame of hope that must never die; a retrospective look back from the end of time; and finally, a dance with the Immortal Fae... There's so much happening on this album, you really have to listen for yourself to have an idea. Themes of courage, hope, and love, even in the face of great adversity, recur throughout.
For the Ages(2015)
The most ambitious Ouroboros album to date, this one is sure to have something for everybody! Psychedelic soundscapes, old-time folk ballads, some good ol' fashioned hard rock, and - for the first time ever - a tiny red piano! This is an album that dares to ask some hard questions - universal, almost timeless questions as old as the human experience itself - and maybe, just maybe, provides a few answers. Listen and decide for yourself.
A meditation on getting exactly what you pay for, though not maybe what you expected; the potential for cold, mechanical death in a high-tech world; the possibility of mistaking the stars reflected in the surface of the water for the night sky; a story about a turkey & a honeybee falling in love; a classical tribute to one's true love; a warning about the dangers of mass propaganda in the digital age; and last but certainly not least, a heady foray into Hermetic philosophy, and how we may - just may - be able to transmute this iron world into a golden one.
Requiems & Rebirth(2017)
This year's album builds on the strengths of last year's, while entering some new territory as well. It explores themes of death & loss: the death of your old Self, the death of a nation's ideals, the death of a loved one; as well as seeking & finding what you thought was lost, and the rebirth of life, love, and hope for the future. There's also a quick (but important) reminder from the friendly folks at the Hitchhiker's Guide. The “Hitler speech” clip in “Ein Tag im Leben” was drawn from archival audio in the public domain of Adolf Hitler’s address to the German National Socialist Party on the Sudetenland “crisis”, Sept. 1938. Lyrics for “The Opening” adapted (with many travails) from “Song of the Open Road”, 1855, by Walt Whitman.