Califone, Richard Buckner

There are many kind of stitches: seams to secure sleeves into armholes … sutures closing wounds and deep incisions … loops or crosses of embroidery floss … a sudden pain in the side. Stitches, the new album from Califone, touches on all these definitions, its episodes of discomfort and healing rendered with exquisite beauty and craftsmanship.

Intimate timbres—garage sale drum machines, slack guitar strings, hushed vocals—offset the album's cinematic inclinations. The listener moves through a landscape of Old Testament blood and guts, spaghetti Western deserts and Southwestern horizons, zeroing in on emotions and images that cannot be glanced over. Motes of dust dance briefly in afternoon sunlight.

Richard Buckner

In the time since Our Blood was released and after a few long tours, Richard Buckner attempted to work on writing short stories but found himself drawn back into the music room. The evidence of his time in the writer's chair is clear in the dense, lovely prose of Surrounded. The album's liner notes include text-embedded lyrics, a technique Buckner employed on his earlier albums Since and Impasse, but this marks the first time he used the songs' extended story to construct the album's overall view and track sequence.

Throwing out the "tricks and trades" of his previous efforts, Buckner hunkered down at home and chose a few unfamiliar pieces of gear-a Suzuki QChord electronic autoharp and an Electro-Harmonix POG2 pedal-to create basic tracks and open up more sonic possibilities. "The best outcomes happen sometimes when I'm unfamiliar with the tool that I'm using (imagine MacGyver wearing a dog cone)."

The now-infamous process of recording and re-recording Our Blood left him a bit gun-shy, so this time, Buckner decided to get each song out of his house as soon as it was finished to avoid the contamination of over-thinking. After hearing an interview with famed producer Tucker Martine, Buckner found a destination for his songs: "Tucker understood the urgency in me to tie the whole thing up before I fell into the same trap that I'd had finishing Our Blood and was generous enough to move other commitments around to fit Surrounded in. When I had finally finished Our Blood, I felt like I'd just survived a stroll through a mine field. With Surrounded, it was more of a sensation that I'd successfully organized a messy desk."

The Backyard Committee

Hi there. We are The Backyard Committee. We’re a roots rock jam band based in the pizza capital of the world, New Haven, Connecticut. For our sound, we strive for a Europe ‘72 kinda warmth, a wild-mercury-flavored Blonde on Blonde intensity and a Bee Thousand-style recklessness. We’re not so into click tracks, samples, auto-tune or any kind of heavy processing. We are into loose arrangements and slightly out-of-tune guitars.
Our lineup changes from one show to the next, by design. Each member is encouraged to add his or her personal voice to the mix. The human element is very important to us, and we’d rather make mistakes in the pursuit of something out of reach than play it safe.
We exist for fellow music nerds who don’t like over-editing — on the records we enjoy most, the mistakes are our favorite parts.
We’re from New England, and we think the sound of our geography comes across in our music. We love where we live, and it’s part of who we are.
Our favorite shows to play are outdoor festivals, extended club dates and secret psychedelic parties in the woods.
We encourage tapers to record all of our shows and post them on our new page. All our studio recordings are available for high-quality download on our site (for free).

$12.00 - $15.00

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