Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Golden Gunn - S/T (TLR 095)

 top shelf RSD grooves from Three Lobed.  peace and love to my friends at Humboldt Relief :)

 When it comes to Record Store Day (RSD) releases, Three-Lobed Recordings has few peers.  Last year they released Eight Trails, One Path, which was a favorite of 2012.  Golden Gunn follows that stellar release in true Three-Lobed fashion.  The proprietor of Three Lobed is brimming with excellent ideas.  Coupling the guitar excursions of Alvarius B., Ben Chasny, Lee Ranaldo, Danny Paul Grody among others made for an engaging listening experience.  This time around, Steve Gunn and Hiss Golden Messenger (M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch) and others - under the direction of guru Dickie Silk - create another notable Three Lobed release.  There is an intriguing story - wonderfully composed by Brendan Greaves - behind this release.  It's a story that, much like life, is imbued by randomness - the chance meeting between Steve Gunn/Hiss Golden Messenger and Dickie Silk.  Originally envisioned as a collaboration between Hiss Golden Messenger and Steve Gunn, Dickie Silk's input transformed these songs into something unique. The songs were structured around rhythm tracks that Mr. Silk programmed on his antique drum machine.   Largely an instrumental album with lyrics interspersed, it vacillates between sweetly flowing twang, country-funk foot stompers, and finger-picked folk.  First, I highly recommend reading the story which accompanies the release.  It is something to which I continually return.  After you have absorbed the story, head over to Time-Lag's discog's page to purchase one of the remaining copies. Something beautiful is happening within and between these grooves - one of 2013's best.

peace and love, friends :)