Steve Gunn's been a staple around these parts, showing up here twice
already this year and defintely pushing into our favorite albums with
his Golden Gunn album, but Mike Gangloff hasn't crossed
paths with RSTB since the heyday of Pelt. The pair got together in
rural Virginia to strip away the distractions and lay down an album of
haunting psych-folk that taps into the shamanistic core of the genre.
Its exactly the kind of record that results from an intense overnight
session of improvisation with the wounded warriors of psychedelic
strings. Gunn and Gangloff holed up in the studio with roots music guru
Joseph Dejarnette at the boards to divine five tracks of psychic ramble.
The duo augment their 6 and 12-string guitars with tanpura, singing
bowls, shruti box, and banjo to pull the deep vibrations from pre-dawn
hours, hanging like mist in the air and bending the sun off the drops.
Three in a row for Mr. Gunn in '13, making him one to bet on any time
you see the name pop up. Necessary late night listening here.
-- Raven Sings the Blues