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EIGHT POINT STAR

EIGHT POINT STAR

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Format: LP
Cata No: VHF154
Barcode: 783881015416
Remarkable debut album by new Cosmic-Appalachian
string band, birthed from the same Virginia firmament that
has brought forth Pelt, Jack Rose, Black Twig Pickers, and
Spiral Joy Band. Led by Mike Gangloff’s droning fiddle
and Matt Peyton’s fingerpicked guitar, Eight Point Star
mines the modal traditions of both old-time Appalachia
and far-out drone music to produce beautiful tunes that
are equal parts memorable and psychedelic. Side A starts
with the gentle guitar and fiddle duet of “Winchester’s
Dream” before segueing into the loping “Waiting on the
Band,” where the subliminal pulse of Tim Thornton’s
upright bass animates the music until the lengthy lockgroove
repetition of “The Interloper.” Closing the side,
“Flowerthrower” and “Mount-Calvary Peacock” have a
vibe reminiscent of Popol Vuh’s mid-’70s masterpieces,
combining sawing fiddle and melodic guitar with simple
and haunting chord structures. Side B is bookended by two
country-blues influenced numbers, with Peyton’s boisterous
vocal and guitar and Isak Howell’s harp leading the upbeat
“Brand New Shirt” and the elegiac “Weeping Cherry Cry.”
In between the two vocal features are a segued mini-epic
of moods, including an expanded group lineup collapsing
midway through “A Water Panther Speaks” into an eerie
soundscape of singing bowls and distant gong sounds as
dark as the night in remotest Virginia

Tracks:

1. Winchester?s Dream
2. Waiting On The Band/The Interloper
3. Flowerthrower
4. Mount-Calvary Peacock
5. Brand New Shirt
6. Jubal
7. Mist Came Down The Pedlar Hills
/A Water Panther Speaks
8. Sunshine Dog
9. Weeping Cherry Cry

Press:

Debut of Cosmic-Appalachian string band
featuring members of Pelt, Black Twig
Pickers, and Spiral Joy Band

 

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