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3-4 Weeks
Songs & Instrumentals From Death Bottom Slide


"After 2 1/2 years of a seemingly endless stream of releases, Robert Horton shows no signs of slowing down. The inevitable question of 'What next?' may crop up from time to time, but with the launch of Microblind Harvestmen's debut album, Songs & Instrumentals From Death Bottom Slide, Horton punches back with resounding fury. Joining up with long-time collaborator and fiddler-extraordinaire, Hal Huges, this duo is plowing through fresh, new ground on their way to a mud-soaked heaven. Songs & Instrumentals From Death Bottom Slide has been in the works for over 20 years now, with the first remnants begun as far back as 1983. This is music that is lost in time, however, spanning countless eras and cultures, and melting them all together into a giant, boiling mess. As with most things Robert Horton does, his hand is the guiding force that keeps the album flowing. But Hughes' contributions are just as vital: stunning fiddle work that is a perfect slice of Americana along with drops of mandolin and banjo to light the leaf-covered path. Horton and Hughes mix a range of originals with a number of traditional tunes turned completely on their heads. 'Hellblazer' may have its root in the Old West, but Microblind's version is a spastic exorcism of wailing horns and screeching violins, flowing like a river of sound underneath the duo's parched vocals. This raucous romp through burning crops and the backwoods blows up into the harmonica-tinged, banjo tune 'Innermost Friend.' It sounds like an unearthed document from 75 years ago, left to rot in a bourbon cellar in Tennessee. Music like this doesn't just appear, it takes time to properly age. Microblind Harvestmen are the rare creature, like those only found in a few places in nature, that manages to avoid simple classification. This is drone. This is raga. This is folk. This is free-jazz. This is pure, covered-in-dirt, dancing-in-the-rain psychedelia. ...Death Bottom Slide is a riveting world, finally unleashed after years in the barren wilderness."