• micah blue smaldone The Ring of the Rise (CD, £12.95)

    label: Immune

    The Ring of the Rise is a brand new album from Micah Blue Smaldone following 2008’s album The Red River (Immune 002) and 2012’s split LP with Big Blood (Immune 021) *Micah Blue Smaldone’s newest album, The Ring of the Rise, begins at dawn the day after his austere 2008 album, The Red River. Written and recorded in a remote corner of Northern Maine, these songs knell with excitement watching new beginnings in the world from a frozen outpost. *The album features much full band accompaniment, exploring sonic reaches of early 70’s era Neil Young, or Richard and Linda Thompson’s first albums, with electric guitars and homemade tube amplifiers, as well as Micah’s familiar acoustic finger-stylings. *The Ring of the Rise continues Micah’s relentless efforts to mine future truths from the past, this time hauling out a slab of marble spanning the 1950’s through the 1970’s, veined with slapback echoes, plate reverbs, tube equipment, and hefty old American iron. The sounds are both new and familiar, tugging at a collective consciousness particular to our era, where the past clamors for reconciliation with the future. *“Heavy Bottle” opens the album with an appeal to drink and be merry on the eve of revelation; “Time” awaits our maturing into Earth; and “Caroline”, a furious indictment of old American privilege, closes the side. The sparse instrumental *Tracklisting: 1. Heavy Bottle 2. Time 3. Caroline 4. Harbingers 5. Dead Stop 6. Dog and Siren 7. Iris

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