Raymond Morin and David Leicht are Pairdown, a Pittsburgh-based acoustic guitar duo much respected by their peers but criminally underrepresented in recorded form. Aesthetic Guitar began life as a self-released CDR EP in 2012, but this new version finds the disc expanded to double its original length, a diverse set of studio and live recordings that showcase the full range of the pair’s considerable skills in both song and instrumental formats. Stylistically, Pairdown sidesteps the post-Fahey/American Primitive raga-isms common in fingerstyle guitar these days, instead drawing on sources both within the six-string tradition (Kottke, Grossman, Renbourn, Dave Evans) and well beyond it (Ellington, Satie), folding those influences into a rich set of baroque miniatures and distinctive compositions that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with anyone working in the field today. 16 tracks, 44 minutes.
Psychic Frost – the duo of Mike Tamburo and Matt McDowell – returns to Deep Water for a second disc of (mostly) instrumental explorations, both more diverse and more concise than their 2011 debut. Taking Lizard Mountain (by Frequency) opens in familiar sonic territory – hypnotic compositions for electrified hammer dulcimer and guitar – but the Psychic sonic expedition soon moves into terra incognita, climbing through fields of free-jazz drumming and into high valleys of effected drones and thunderous percussion, finally reaching the sage at the summit by going “Under Your Skin,” a surprising vocal number that echoes both early Eno and early Woods. Psychedelic excursions that span classic progressions and contemporary lo-fi experimentation like nobody’s business, and a mandatory trip for all interested parties. Five tracks, 34 minutes.
Brother Ong returns to Deep Water with an immersive musical exploration just hinted at on his 2011 label debut. Instrumentally, Deep Water Vibration again centers around the Indian shahi baaja, abetted occasionally by modified autoharp, both processed via live electronic effects into looping, swirling waves of sound. The music harks back to the extended kosmische trance-outs of pioneers such as Klaus Schulze, but with cosmic analog synthesizers replaced by astral meditation zithers, and diving deep in the sea rather than drifting in space. Cover photos show the Brother receiving his transmission directly from the source; we had to resist calling it Ong the Beach… Three tracks, 40 minutes.
Raising Holy Sparks is the new musical project of Dave Colohan (United Bible Studies mainstay, ex-Agitated Radio Pilot), and it finds our peripatetic Irish monk journeying even further into long-form instrumental devotions of undeniably sublime effect, epic slow-motion electro-acoustic soundscapes deeply permeated by a sense of awe and wonder at the natural glories of the American continent. In the artist’s words: “Inspired by 7000 miles of travel across 30 states, A Mendicant Hymnal draws on the vast & ever-changing American landscape, from the mountains & deserts of the West through the empty plains & onto the endless forests of the East. The first in a continuing series, trying to get, in the words of Edward Abbey, 'close to the West of my deepest imaginings, the place where the tangible & the mythical became the same.'" Thirteen tracks, two discs, 135 minutes.
In which Evening Fires see the light, and, through the use of secret backwoods sonic distillation techniques, transmute it into psychedelic musical experiences. The refining process is key: Original recordings were gathered in
root cellars, churches, and all-wooden rooms around central PA, then
reverently transformed via the magical mystery machines of BW’s migrating
studio. The results? Well, you got some sanctified rural acid rock, jubilant space-synth testifying, interplanetary ritual ethno-foraging (Mars bass), and a solid helping of hellfire’n’brimstone. At one point the album’s working title was Stoned on Jesus Love; what more do you need to know? Five tracks, 54 minutes.
On March 31, 2012, Timothy Renner led his band of Dark Holler minstrels up into PA’s central mountains for one of our Deep Water concerts (a double bill with Arborea). While Tim has played here often, this was his first visit with the long-running/lately-revived Stone Breath, which to our minds clearly called for documentation via multi-channel live recording. The show also marked the first significant out-of-town performance by the current edition of the group, and they certainly rose to the occasion, invoking the magick with dynamic versions of a cross-section of favorite songs from recent studio albums. As Stone Breath’s first-ever live release this is a must for any fan, and it also works as a fine (re)introduction to dark, spiritual, and macabre folk music that is the group’s trademark. Ten tracks, 40 minutes.
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Unless otherwise noted, all releases are CDRs in a heavy clear vinyl jacket and full-color front/back cardstock cover (double CDRs are housed in clear vinyl clam-shell packaging). DW013, DW021, and all releases after DW024 are professionally-pressed CDRs with full-color printed discs.