In this modern world of music, you can either learn all the instruments that an orchestra uses, hire out the orchestra or just use software to simulate one. With software and some trickery, you can emulate any sound you can think of which often leads to these dense and lofty productions that ebb and flow like the tides of the ocean. Sometimes, you need to take a step away from the 150 BPM techno, the grandiose nature of post-rock or that psychedelic rock that’s filled to the brim with effects and just listen to some solo electric guitar, with light pedal use. Behind this soothing guitar is Loren Connors, who’s been around the block. Just look him up on Discogs and check to see how many releases are under his name. Airs came out over fifteen years ago and Recital Program got a hold of the original four-tracks for the vinyl transfer. Along with that, they’re remastered by Taylor Deupree and there’s an unreleased track included this time around. Check out “Airs 4” and “Airs 5” below via the SoundCloud players and see what you think of them. Cheers!

 

 

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The Details

Over the 15 years since Loren Connors’ Airs was first published, it has drawn a thick circle of fans. Gently recorded to cassette tape in 1999, (with wonderfully subtle multi-tracking), Airs is comprised of a series of brief electronic guitar poems. Intimately composed with the patience and purposeful hesitation we have reverently come to expect from Connors. Lyrical melodies recur in different forms throughout the LP, as shifting figures in a dream. Shadowy and sunken, the tone evokes an overcast seascape. The album feels singular; woven along as one flowing piece.

Airs is perhaps the most approachable and beautiful in all of Connors’ catalog, seducing strangers and familiars just the same. Forlorn wonderment; a human quality that makes this such an enchanting record. It is the humble simplicity and the directness of the guitar inflection that conveys such truth. The stark grace of Connors’ playing resonates here for all to embrace.

New transfer of the original four track cassettes
Includes an unreleased ‘lost’ track, discovered during re-transfer
Remastered for vinyl by Taylor Dupree at 12k Mastering
Edition of 520 LPs on black wax
Includes a digital download coupon
And two inserts;
-liner notes by Matt Krefting
-dual-sided 11″x11″ matte print of artwork by Loren Connors (from his Sea Storm series)

Price $15.95

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