RIYL: Blitzen Trapper, Shovels & Rope

Label: Gold Robot Records

I heard through the grapevine that you Sly readers couldn’t get enough of¬†that Not The 1s record I wrote up the other day – there’s still some left at press time¬†if you, too, want to jump on board.¬†Gold Robot Records, the wonderful people responsible for releasing that Not The 1s record, has another impending release from Ryne Warner’s OHIOAN.¬†First, I’d like to note that the fidelity¬†of the recording is astonishing – it feels like you’re actually there, even in this digital format. Second, I know I labeled this under “country/alt-country” and “folk,” but this isn’t a normal variant of either genre. In its totality, this record actually sort of reminds me of¬†ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!¬†if that took a detour through the Appalachians.¬†The Middle Eastern influence is apparent on both records, so that’s probably lending to my reminiscence. Listen to a few singles available at the moment and see what you think of them. Cheers!

 

 

The Details

EMPTY / EVERY MT is an album about the "Appalachian Desert," a concept created by Ohioan band-leader Ryne Warner. He posits that one day mountaintop removal and mining will level the forests of Appalachia, turning once lush land into an arid desert-scape not unlike parts of the American West and North Africa. The music here was made using the sounds associated with those places--banjo, dobro, jaw harp, dulcimer, African scales, the electric guitar, modal tunings. The result is an image of Warner's Appalachian Desert rendered in sound.

Price $17.99

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