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Edition of 500 copies LP with screenprinted sleeves, this is the first solo vinyl release by Paul Labrecque of Sunburned Hand Of The Man and it feels like the long-awaited follow-up to the classic album he cut with Valerie Webb, Trees, Chants and Hollers on Eclipse. It's a mix of psychedelic banjo hymns - some of which are cut up with glorious widescreen field recordings of thunder cracking and rain pouring down - and ancient sounding guitar instrumentals that would build a bridge between Sandy Bull's settings of sacred music and the most ecstatic Popol Vuh recordings. A ton of atmosphere on this and it beats hands-down virtually any 'American primitive' solo guitar release of the last too many years. This is solo string thought that genuinely bears comparison with the Takoma sound - historically, aesthetically, sonically - while sounding nothing like the work of a 'pupil' and factoring in a bunch of wildcard styles, ranging from monolithic European rock through apocalyptic UK space/folk and drugged 90s underground. A totally fantastic late night transport, a modern classic, highly recommended.
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