Sublime, earth-raking/sky-scraping guitarscapes, on stamped CDr in board-backed manila brown sleeve with paste-on cover, edition of 70.
Pretty much everything that finds it way out into the world via Jon Collin’s Early Music private press is worth a sniff, but his recent run of CDrs documenting collaborations with Sarah Hughes (one of the year’s best), Jordan Perry and now Bill Nace have raised the bar. There’s a high-lonesome, decimated country-blues inflection to this particular set - the score for the most beautifully burnt-out and painterly cosmic-western you (n)ever saw. The layering of plangent drones and percussive scrapes and knocks is suggestive of Thuja’s best work, a psychedelia that feels like it's been hacked and hewn out of the soil underfoot, and without any visual reference for the sounds being made, the whole thing begins to feel seriously uncanny - is that a bowed guitar string or a chorus of female voices or have they actually managed to dredge up the massed spirits of the dead? Or all three? Very special disc!