Cassette, Drongo Tapes, 2023
This collective of experimental Seattle musicians perform back-porch seances on old-time jigs & folk tunes, half of which can be found in Alan Lomax’s Folk Songs of North America book. The ritualistic, droning dissonance of cello, banjo, harmonium, & fiddle recall Pelt, Henry Flynt, & Tongue Depressor. Despite an often haunting atmosphere, this tape is pervaded by folksiness and camaraderie in the form of warm lo-fi sing-a-longs and friendly, candid banter between tracks. The original social function of the music lives eternally, a nonlinear communication with fellow travelers from the past, present, & future.
Style: Old-Time, Free Folk, Country-Drone
Moods: Communal, Rootsy, Haunting, Meditative, Jovial, Ritualistic
Musical Qualities: Acoustic, Lo-Fi, Droney