Deep-sea-diving for the hungry and alone... "Aerial Roots", the latest album from C.J. Boyd, contains three songs, and clocks in at just under 45 minutes. The notoriously nomadic bass player has been creating his ethereal soundscapes for nearly a decade, playing hundreds of shows, conveying his particular artistic ideals and a certain undefined spirituality wherever he plays. Committed to improvisational and experimental music, CJ has no "scene" or "genre" proper. Whether at a DIY venue or at an established club, the idea seems to be to escape from everything mundane, to have the whole audience leave their bodies and fly with him above it all. And while "Aerial Roots" has more anarchist body odor than much of the music today, the similarities between CJ Boyd and the punk underground only extend as far as their ideals. That is to say, though CJ Boyd often shares the stage with crust-punk virtuosos, his music remains starkly beautiful and original.