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 boardGold 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

Listen to Workmans Comp (Single Edit) on Soundcloud

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