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5-8 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Xanthe Terra
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SAAH 031CD SAAH 031CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/7/2005

"Long in the making, Charlie Schmidt's debut Xanthe Terra is finally seeing the light of day, and it is a stunner; melancholic musings and gorgeous melodies are offered like midnight prayers through ringing and singing wood and steel. Technique for Schmidt is always at the service of feeling, and the pieces on Xanthe Terra are awash in a raw depth of emotion, shuddering to the very core of the music. Like the scorched desert-like landscape of Mars referenced in the album title, images of vast empty expanses and regions sucked dry of humanity weep from Schmidt's guitar. From the delicate, somber melodies of opener 'Salem Journeys,' past a particularly rollicking version of Fahey's 'Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Philip XIV of Spain' and onwards, closing with the introspective subtlety of 'Hymn,' American folk styles brush up with classical guitar and 'deltadelica' to form compositionally rich and radiant acoustic dramaturgy. Following firmly in the American Primitive footsteps of John Fahey and Peter Lang, Xanthe Terra is glorious guitar soli, an important new work to the new acoustic movement."