abronia Obsidian Visions / Shadowed Lands (LP, £17.50)
Debut LP by Portland, Oregon sextet! One can find evidence of a pretty broad array of musical touchstones on Abroniaís Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands: Morricone Spaghetti Western soundtracks, spiritual free jazz, Tuareg guitar bands of the Sahara, drone metal, 70ís Krautrock, Ethiopiques, Glenn Branca, outlaw country, various tribal music, 60ís psychedelia, and maybe even a little 80ís goth. Recorded onto 2Ē tape by Jason Powers (Grails, Moon Duo etc.) at the venerable Type Foundry Recording Studio, this album is a document of the first five completed compositions by the six piece. Replacing your standard drum set with an early 70ís 30" marching drum, which proves to be a proper centrepiece for the guitars, lap steel and saxophone to create mesmerising and sometimes cacophonous soundscapes. Everyone gathered around the drum and played together, with minimal overdubbing. Itís a snapshot of a band coming right out of the gate with a powerful, realised vision, that in actuality was a long time coming for this group of veteran players. Abronia is Keelin Mayer (Saxophone/Vocals), Benjamin Blake (Guitar), Andrew Endres (Lap Steel), Amir Amadi (Bass), Eric Crespo (Guitar/Backing Vocals), James Shaver (The Big Drum/Percussion/Melodica).
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