Along with fronting the Gris Gris
, singer/songwriter/guitarist Greg Ashley
also performs as a solo artist, concentrating on the delicately trippy psych-folk that occasionally makes its way into his band's louder, more unpredictable music. Late in 2003, Birdman released his debut album, Medicine Fuck Dream
, which drew comparisons to Mayo Thompson
and Roky Erickson
's second solo album, Painted Garden
, arrived early in 2007, and though it had considerably cleaner production than his debut, it shared the same free-flowing songwriting and surreal lyrics. In 2010 he dropped the completely experimental Requiem Mass and Other Experiments
on Birdman. The opening title track (a whole side of a conventional LP) is the preeminent work here, while the rest features a series of smaller musical and sonic adventures.