Quartet Rendition of Eternal Tapestry
Photo Via Noisey Vice Courtesy of Thrill Jockey

Portland, Oregon’s hypnogogic drizzling psych experimentalist Eternal Tapestry are releasing their first 2xLP entitled Wild Strawberries through Thrill Jockey. It’s their follow up to last years Guru Overlord which Mr. Hillard covered in 2014 and an addition to their vast and steadily growing discography with physical releases dating back to 2007.

Stereogram wizards, you may have found your new accompanying album for your late night sight bending workouts. Allow your wallet to inhale this release and let your ears munch on Wild Strawberries, Williamette Week (wweek.com) has cited that there are hints of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Fripp & Eno’s No Pussyfooting and Harmonia temperament on this album.

Artwork: Natalie Anne Howard
Layout: Tony Remple
Recorded in Zigzag, Oregon

Listen to some old tracks down below

The Details

Wild Strawberries

by Eternal Tapestry
Thrill Jockey
Thrill 388 - 2015
Wild Strawberries is the band’s first double album, recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The two LPs are pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with free download card. The first 503 LP copies are pressed on limited white vinyl, available for a very limited time to mailorder customers.

As an added bonus : 2xLP or CD pre-orders will received a 51 minute bonus CD of previously unreleased material! Lolo Pass Drifters features five tracks and is a proper glass mastered CD, not a CDr. Only available while supplies last.

CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket. This is a pre-order for February 24th street date. All orders containing Wild Strawberries will ship by the street date.

Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown, but on their newest album, Wild Strawberries, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level. Wild Strawberries is a massive double album, which was recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The Zigzag River flowed nearby, and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, however temporary, helped to chart the course of the recording process. Wild Strawberries’ artwork and song titles, which are named after plants specific to the region, both speak to the influence of that environment. The lush atmosphere combined with a week long sequestration from the outside world had a pronounced impact on the music, which unfolds in a panoramic slow burn. Wild Strawberries yields vast rewards for those who spend time in its aural forest.

The contrast between the openness of the massive Oregon sky and the denseness of the trees is echoed in Wild Strawberries’ expansive guitar tones and looming organ drones. The album is thick with the lysergic leads that populated their earlier releases, but the airiness of the woods has seeped into Nick Bindeman’s guitar playing, refining it and opening it up to new modal possibilities. The album as a whole unfolds patiently, but not without purpose. Prior to the recording session drummer Jed Bindeman came across 700 Phish cassette bootlegs, and it was on these cassettes that the sessions for Wild Strawberries were taped, using an eight-track recorder. Thanks to the relaxed vibe of the cabin, the band was able indulge in extensive improvisational experiments, playing around with the limits of the tape machine. The wealth of material allowed them to select only the most successful of their many pieces.

Eternal Tapestry plans to tour the US and Europe in 2015. Wild Strawberries follows the limited Guru Overload album on Oaken Palace, a benefit album for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

1. Mountain Primrose
2. Wild Strawberries
3. Enchanter’s Nightshade
4. Woodland Anemone
5. Maidenhair Spleenwort
6. Lace Fern
7. Pale-Green Sedge
8. White Adder’s Tongue

Price $20

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