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    Jeff Gburek – The Dunning​-​Kruger Effects

    Today is an auspicious occasion as this post will mark 1,000 consecutive days of posting music for my readers and friends.  It’s most appropriate that number 1,000 would be someone who has appeared quite a few times on the blog, but Jeff Gburek offers an album that is as (primitive) bluesy as I’ve heard in some time.  The playing is mournful in parts, but it wraps your ears up and demands your attention.  Most importantly, I think this is the first time I’ve heard Jeff sing.  His voice sits perfectly in the point where blues, psych and acid folk all…

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    Joyce Moreno – Visions of Dawn

    I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Joyce Moreno’s music in November of 2022, and it looks like the legends at Far Out Recordings have found yet another long lost masterpiece by the Brazilian queen of Brazilian acid-folk.  Does such a genre really exist?!  Take a listen to the track Jardim dos Deuses and you tell me!

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    Sound and Voice – That Which is Unknown

    This has to be one of my favorite psychedelic folk releases since the heyday of bands like Charalambides.  Merit Medrano is an Austin-based guitarist and leader of Sound and Voice, which is, apparently, his latest musical project, implying that he’s been a busy soul for some time now.  The music has a raga-esque feel to it, the guitar work is cosmic in scope, and if you like the works of such legends as Sandy Bull, this release will definitely appeal to you.  Australian record label Ramble Records is responsible for releasing this hazy slab of vinyl, and now I’ll need…

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    Kikagaku Moyo/幾何学模様 – Kumoyo Island

    Some very happy news today, as Japanese acid-folk-psych band Kikagaku Moyo have given us a fresh album. From their Bandcamp website: “In many ways ‘Kumoyo Island’ represents the culmination of a journey for Kikagaku Moyo. While their decade-long career can be summarized as a series of kaleidoscopic explorations through lands and dimensions far and near, there’s a strong intention in each of their works to take the listener to a particular place, however real or abstract they may be. In that sense, the title and cover art for the band’s fifth and final album draws you into a magical mass…

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    Jeff Gburek – Omnia Sacra et Miracula

    Our friend and one of our perennial favorites at this blog, Jeff Gburek, comes to us with a mini-LP’s worth of meditative guitar music supplemented with an electro-acoustic bass berimbau, pine cones, and field recordings.  There is an element of twangy, echoey, lo-fi music in these recordings which reminded me of the primordial, primitive guitar stylings of Robbie Basho or John Fahey blended with touches of American psychedelic folk as heard by bands such as Texas’ acid-folk legends Charalambides.

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    Jeff Gburek – Corduroy Cascade

    Jeff Gburek · Corduroy Cascade Normally, I’m more than happy to present works from Jeff Gburek and those associated with his music because the quality is high as it comes to experimental or other such avant-garde music. This, however, is a departure from what I’m used to hearing from him, and to say it’s a stunning one is putting it mildly. The track weighs in at under 8 minutes, but is more a lush, truly acid-folk-inspired work. There are elements of projects like the American psychedelic folk band Changes, Coptic/esoteric period Current 93 (without the rambling), and a great lo-fi…

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    Albireon / Zeresh – No Longer Mourn For Me

    Our beloved friends from Israel, Zeresh, have collaborated with Italian project Albireon for an apocalyptic doom-folk classic.  Considering the state of the world, I choose that word advisedly. This album has something special to it because so many parties come together and work seamlessly, something rare for a split album.  The music is both spacious and claustrophobic at the same time, as the tones are dark, a bit creepy and haunting.  This would compare rather well to the early acoustic forays into folk that Current 93 took decades ago, though with a gloomier feel about it. Take, for instance, the…

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    Kawabata Makoto and Baisong Wu – Rivers And Mountains

    Though there are heavy tensions at the moment between the governments of Japan and the People’s Republic of China (sic), this compilation proves that there is peace through psych.  Psychedelic music is the medium both the legendary guitarist of Acid Mothers Temple, Kawabata Makoto and Chinese acid-folk musician Baisong Wu, and their collaboration bore the fruit of dulcet, meandering, gentle washes of lightly LSD-soaked bliss.  This is music for the cloudy day we’re currently enduring in the Greater Los Angeles area, and it fits perfectly with the clouds.  A stellar piece of work.