RIYL: Pontiak, Dead Meadow, Wolf People, Wooden Shjips

Label: Thrill Jockey

Arbouretum recorded Song of the Rose with Steve Wright at Wrightway Studios. While previous records were recorded in a matter of days, Song of the Rose took weeks. Attention to production details augment their time-tested emphasis on capturing the energy of performance. Song of the Rose is the first time the band has mixed with Kyle Spence at his studios in Athens Ga. (Kurt Vile, Luke Roberts, Harvey Milk.)

At their root, the songs and compositions of Song of the Rose is the concept of balance. As is true for the movements of Tai Chi, of which Dave Heumann is an avid practitioner, each motion both musical and lyrical has an equal but opposite motion, that works together harmoniously. ‚ÄúWoke Up On The Move‚ÄĚ pores over nature‚Äôs beauty as much as it heeds the warning of humankind‚Äôs destructive potential. The variations that result from the constant push and pull throughout Song of the Rose make Arbouretum‚Äôs music as arresting as it is thoughtful. The lyrical imagery makes it masterful.

Arbouretum‚Äôs lyrics explore elements of philosophy, mysticism, redemption, and the implications of human ‚Äúprogress‚ÄĚ. Songs are written in poetic form as Heumann, Arbouretum‚Äôs lyricist, prefers stories remain abstract and open rather than a more typical storytelling format, all within a more traditional song structure. Titular track ‚ÄúSong of the Rose‚ÄĚ completes a trilogy of songs from past records, calling back to ‚ÄúSong of the Nile‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSong of the Pearl,‚ÄĚ which have their roots in examining Taoist and Gnostic mythic traditions. Fittingly ‚ÄúRose‚ÄĚ is also a nod to Heumann‚Äôs ancestor Richard Lovelace, a 17th century poet who penned ‚ÄúThe Rose.‚ÄĚ The driving ‚ÄúAbsolution Song,‚ÄĚ featuring the albums only instrumental guest appearance by Drums of Life, is a contemplation of the idea of writing and thereby absolving oneself of all wrongdoings, through the creative act, in this case, using poetic imagery. Arbouretum music takes these philosophical ideas and transforms them into a sonic experience that is at once contemplative and emotionally affecting.

1. Call Upon the Fire
2. Comanche Moon
3. Song of the Rose
4. Absolution Song
5. Dirt Trails
6. Fall From an Eyrie
7. Mind Awake, Body Asleep
8. Woke Up on the Move

There hasn’t been a song released from the album as of 1/17/2017. I’ll update when a song is released.

The Details

Thrill 433 - 2017

LP pressed on virgin vinyl with art worked inner sleeve and free download coupon. A limited supply will be pressed on peachy orange swirl color vinyl.
Scheduled release: March 24th.

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Price $17

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