Pelt/Black Twig Pickers picker Mike Gangloff has a solo album
here on beautiful swirly red and green vinyl in an eye-popping Jake
Blanchard sleeve. Gangloff plays fiddle and banjo and occasionally sings
with the only outside contributions coming in the form of shruti box on
a couple of songs. The result is an intimate, bare-bones sound, with
scraping and plucking in intricate repetitive shapes for a hypnotic
raga-esque feel mixed with a dusty front-porch physicality which sounds
very American, particularly when he sings.
I’m particularly enjoying it when he’s picking his banjo, with swift
twangy patterns folding in on one another in a flurry of constantly
lapping notes. The fiddle parts are much different, scrapey meditations
which drone and quiver with a buoyant humanity and immediacy. It seems
like an intensely personal document, like a man trying to explain
himself through sound. Quite an intense and sometimes challenging listen
but very satisfying with it.
-- Mike, Norman Records