Nostalgia is chic and it probably always will be. You probably find yourself, every now and again, wanting to go back to a decade you grew up in or a decade you never got the chance to see. Memories are romantic, and coincidentally so is Swanox’s Duskrunner. Like the cover might suggest, Duskrunner is for those nights you find yourself driving on a rainy highway and looking at the light reflections cast within the road’s gathering water. Anthony Orion’s got a knack for writing guitar licks that are apt for speeding across American highways and shooting you straight in to space. Duskrunner reminds me a little bit of Adam Forkner’s White Rainbow project, with its blend of dub and psychedelia along with its overall noir atmosphere. You want something to look at the moon with? You want something for those late night meditation sessions via your closest highway (ideally with the rain pouring down)? This is your Huckleberry. Listen to Duskrunner below via the Spotify stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

 

The Details

A sequel of sorts to his 2010 cassette, Dawnrunner, Anthony Orion’s debut vinyl long-player is a vagrant classic of stringy-haired new age loner Americana, above and beyond anything in the Swanox public domain. Mixing personal Casio squatter meditations with crystal jukebox guitar and hitchhiker whistling over echo-smeared SK1 metronomes, Duskrunner feels hungover, spaced out, worn down, and at peace – sometimes all at once. The ex-projectionist and current touring drummer for Tony Molina slowly refined the record’s nine songs across several itinerant years in San Fran’s Sunset District, between sublets, day jobs, evictions, work trips, couch life, and muggings. You can hear it: his is a voice muffled and downcast, nights lost smoking cigarettes on the fire escape, the lights of the Golden Gate swooping up dimly into the fog. “There’s a sign at my bar / and it reads NO LOCALS.” Strangeness and truths from an artist apart. Mixed, assembled, and “saved” by Sam Rezendes at Unified Stations Audio. Artwork and design by Sean Hewitt and Alex Coxen (of Milk Music). Comes with a Tres Hombres-inspired newsprint foldout poster of a wastoid’s feast. Mastered by Carl Saff.

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