• tom carter and loren connors Untitled (LP, £18.75)

    label: Family Vineyard

    One-time edition of 500 copies with download coupon. Tom Carter and Loren Connors are a pairing so obvious, it's a mystery how it took this long to happen. Each has traversed the American underground on their own unique path. Carter co-founded acid-folk improvisers Charalambides in 1991 and Connors has been redefining his singular vision of the blues since the late 1970s. On this debut untitled LP, these guitar masters conjure a stunning, and at times labyrinthine, six-string tableau. Carter's high-contrast spiral melodies sear through Connors' expanding canvas of blacks and molten reds. Like an end-of-the-world flood filmed in slow motion, their echoes and howls cast a foreboding: all will be swallowed. It's a startling and new language of psychedelic and avant blues that is a next step in Carter and Connor's ongoing exploration of the guitar. Bradley Buehring's gorgeous black and white photos of Carter/Connors in action adorn the glossy LP jacket and inner sleeve. Audio mastering by Taylor Deupree at 12k and vinyl mastering by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. Tracks: Part One, Part Two.

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