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Mike & Cara Gangloff: Poplar Hollow

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Mike & Cara Gangloff: Poplar Hollow

Stunning new limited to only 200 copies privately-pressed solo fiddle/banjo/voice recordings from Mike Gangloff of Pelt: this is an amazing solo side and the prefect compliment to Pelt’s monstrous Effigy 2xLP. Gangloff melds a whole bunch of approaches here, all focussed on maximal third eye squozing potential, re-wiring classic Appalachian string-sawing with all the mesmerising minimalist weight of Henry Flynt. On a buncha tracks he is accompanied by Cara Joyce on shruti box and the combined drone weight is massively heavy, with a weird, time-fluxing appeal that could almost be Takehisa Kosugi circa Catch Wave but/w a heady devotional/early music edge and a bucketful of haunted folk laments. Or how about a hillbilly Taj Mahal Travellers play the Third Ear Band? If your answer is yes please, and whose wouldn’t be, then this is the one to take you higher. A tour de force of psychedelic roots that sits just there between Jack Rose, Roscoe Holcombe, Simon House and Henry Flynt. Full colour Jake Blanchard art too. Highly recommended! -- David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue