• fletcher tucker Cold Spring (140g grey vinyl LP, £20.75)

    label: Gnome Life

    LP+digital download limited to 550 copies with 12-page deluxe booklet, "old-style" tip-on jackets. "Don't have time to spend 7 years in Big Sur [California] staring into the void? Listen to 'Cold Spring'! Fletcher Tucker's deep immersion masterpiece... a powerful and haunting transmission of fire and earth." Devendra Banhart. 'Cold Spring' is unreservedly dark at times. Like nature itself, the record can feel spooky, inspiring an awe that comes close to dread... an arboraceous, psychedelic journey that reveals more with each listen." Aquarium Drunkard. Cold Spring is an artefact of Fletcher Tucker’s deep inhabitation of Big Sur, California. Recorded gradually over the course of four years, songs were gathered on cloud-hidden peaks, wrung out from moss, and received while splitting wood, pushing through brush, and making camp. These recordings serve as trails, leading deep into a mythopoetic backcountry where forgotten mysticism and abandoned ancestral knowledge resurface. In arranging the soundscapes of Cold Spring, Tucker took inspiration from Gregorian chants, Shakuhachi (zen flute) compositions, ancient Chinese paintings of mountains and mist, and of course the landscape of Big Sur itself. Analogue synthesisers surge like storm-swollen creeks. A 110-year-old pump organ rumbles up from the depths of a ravine. Drones from 12-string electric guitars flicker like torchlight. Distinct aural-textures – buzzing rosined bows, resonant bells, trembling leaf rattles – punctuate the sound-world of Cold Spring. “Cold Spring is an invitation to draw the blade of your mind across a whetstone of mythos and song. To hone your awareness of the uncanny, sense into the liminal, and awake within a vast atavistic wilderness.” Cold Spring is the first LP released by Fletcher Tucker under his own name. Tucker created 5 albums / several EP’s under the project name Bird By Snow. Tucker has performed on and produced records by Little Wings, Fountainsun and Daniel Higgs. Track list: 1. Unborn Mind 2. Dark Teaching 3. Shadow Bridge 4. I Became Smoke 5. Graveyard Gate 6. Celestial Underworld 7. Small Gods 8. Hidden by the Day 9. Cloud-Hidden 10.Buried on the Wind 11. Torchlight on the Cavewall 12. The Mountain Bows 13.Obsidian Mirror 14. Descend 15. Cloud-Revealed

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