a hawk and a hacksaw
you have already gone to the other world
the band’s most dynamic album since they began their Eastern European adventure, with the thundering percussion & dramatic arcs of violin on the title track counterpointed by majestic solo pieces for Persian Santur & piano & stately organ-led processionals.
the 6th album from the duo of Jeremy Barnes (neutral milk hotel) & Heather Trost, Takes its cues from the surreal folk magic of Paradjanov’s 'Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors' & features 7 originals along with 9 traditional eastern eurpoean songs re-imagined & arranged & there are original sound & melodies from the film woven throughout. Produced by deerhoof's John Dieterich, this is their first album for some time to feature only the duo themselves (with the exception of 2 tracks where Dietrich lends guitar), but Dieterich’s sense of musical experimentation has driven the group into new territories of folk psychedelia that explodes with rich ornamentation.