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Anvil Salute - Black Bear Rug

"Black Bear Rug" by Anvil Salute We’re pleased to welcome Norman, OK’s Anvil Salute back to Deep Water, as their previous release for the label – 2007’s This Is the Voice of Doom Calling – has long been an in-house favorite. Several years in the (slo-mo) making, Black Bear Rug marks the group’s first foray into full-length multi-track recording, with a rich sound that weaves mandolin, accordion, banjo, ektara, esraj and flute into the drifting blend of acoustic & electric guitars, upright bass, and drums, across settings both spontaneous and composed. Compared with the rooster’s crow of its predecessor, Black Bear Rug finds Anvil Salute in a mostly pensive frame of mind, manifesting a late-night comedown atmosphere suspended somewhere between Great Plains and opium den, optimized for listener immersion possibilities. Seven tracks, 47 minutes.

Dead Sea Apes – Lupus

"Lupus" by Dead Sea Apes Dead Sea Apes are a Manchester, England-based trio with a big, dark sound that incorporates everything from space- to post- in its ambitious instrumental rockscapes. Lupus is the band’s first full-length disc, following two e.p.s on the group’s own Soul Desert Records. Compared with the muscular mini-epics on those releases, Lupus seems to emanate from a more ghostly dubbed-out post-punk aesthetic. The album took shape in August 2011 as an experiment in improvising on drones and loops, followed by varying amounts of editing and further recording. The immersive outcome ranges from ambient cloud to massive crunch via elliptical extended rhythms and creeping effects, all shot through with a hovering ominous presence. Seven tracks, 57 minutes.

Brother Ong – Deep Water Creation

"Deep Water Creation" by Brother Ong Brother Ong is Mike Tamburo, and Deep Water Creation is the first recording released under his new ordination. In contrast to the Pittsburgh-based Tamburo’s past work on guitar and hammered dulcimer, here Brother Ong focuses his energy on the shahi baaja – a 22-string electrified Indian zither – as channeled through a raft of effects (distortion, looping, etc.), plus floating wordless vocals on one track. While longtime fans will certainly be able to hear continuities with Tamburo’s previous music, Deep Water Creation also manifests an even greater sense of centered self-assurance in its pulsating webs of meditative sound. Call it post-psychedelic exotic trance music, or call it avant garde new age – just don’t call it late for kundalini yoga class… Five tracks, 47 minutes.

Evening Fires – Flora and Fauna

"Flora and Fauna" by Evening Fires Flora and Fauna, the eleventh album from Evening Fires, takes you on an amble through a warm garden of big buzzy late summer psychedelic rock music. Basic tracks were recorded live to 4-track at the Ramblewood branch (plenty of Fender Rhodes, yeah man) and elaborated upon thereafter at the Hoy St. studios, thus combining the improvisational live side of the group – at times here almost, I dunno, groovy or something – with the augmented sonic freakout possibilities of the studio. Flowing, scrappy jams that unfold to the sun in their own joyful organic shapes. Three tracks, 40 minutes.

Evening Fires – After the End of the World

"After the End of the World" by Evening Fires After the live-in-a-barn Holy Ghost Explosion, Evening Fires return to studio HQ and set the controls for the day after tomorrow. It may be overstating things to call After the End of the World a “concept album”, but there is a definite focus extending across the disc’s four lengthy tracks, resonating with the mood and atmosphere of the title. There’s also a pronounced overall shape: While still drawing heavily on improvisational methods, this is the most structured Evening Fires release to date, an unfolding organic (post-organic?) sense of direction that carries through the diversity of styles on hand – techno-kraut walls of synthesizers, winding psych-rock crunch, floating humid ambience, ecstatic freejazz energy music, underwater dreamscapes (w/violin), and other less definable sounds. A soundtrack for the collapse of the old and the dream of new birth. Four tracks, 67 minutes.

Evening Fires - Holy Ghost Explosion

"Holy Ghost Explosion" by Evening Fires Evening Fires ’ ninth release was recorded fall 2009 in the hay-filled cathedral ambiance of a big old 1920s barn up in the hills of Central PA (horses present though not audible), and it documents a gtr/bs/drms/synths/violin lineup of the group working out some ceremonial performance themes, laying back and letting the spirit flow: Floating rustic space rock channeled into a sonic revival jamboree –  testifying on the power of electricity, praise for the apple trees up on the hill, moments of amplified introspection, and plenty of good old sonic snake handling. And it’s all played live to 2-track stereo, for that authentic “field recordings captured by an early-21st Century folklorist searching for lost strains of North Appalachian Psychedelic Rock music” vibe that just can’t be found in the domesticated confines of yer proper-type recording studios. Six tracks, 54 minutes.