drcarlsonalbion La Strega and the Cunning Man In the Smoke (hand numbered 180g green vinyl LP, £16.50)label: Latitudes
Subsequent to his first release under the moniker of Drcarlsonalbion, the legendary Dylan Carlson visited Southern Studios to record an exclusive session amidst his spell in the UK researching folklore and faire folk of the British Isles. Drcarlsonalbion sees Carlson experimenting further with field recordings as he re-renders traditional folk as well as contemporary songs with his unique drone sound which has ever so long been allied to the mighty Earth. Joined by Teresa Colamonaco on vocals and Jodie Cox on guitar, the trio unite to bring a restrained majesty to the reworking of shared favorites, including Last Living Rose by PJ Harvey, resulting in an immensely special Latitudes release indeed. “The Cunning Man indeed. Dylan Carlson's lifelong devotion to the guitar tone has proved a fascinating journey for those of us who have followed along in his wake. From deep, downtuned drones to his sparse meticulous precision and melodic sense, his is seemingly the sound of Americana itself: a widescreen cinematica reverberating with melancholy. Of late, Mr Carlson has followed his muse across the Atlantic to our Sceptered Isle, marrying his New World insight to our occult history, exploring our folklore and custom in the process. We knew that his first studio recording this side of the pond would be special, but with the addition of Teta Colamonaco's unadorned voice, the results are revelatory.” - Tony Sylvester, July 2012.
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