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|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.|
|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.|
|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.|