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ARTIST
TITLE
Catfish
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
TSQ 1721CD TSQ 1721CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/29/2006

"Guitarist and composer Shawn David McMillen is a native of the East Texas town of Lake Jackson, known as the 'Cancer Capitol of America' due to its large concentration of chemical plants. In the early '90s, Shawn met Tom and Christina Carter (Charlambides) -- now considered early pioneers of the present avant-folk movement -- as well as Heather Leigh Murray. Heather and Shawn moved to Galveston where she attended Texas A & M/Galveston while 'working at an animal clinic, recording music constantly and having cataclysmic experiences on acid together at the beach.' Shawn and Heather recorded as Ash Castles on the Ghost Coast. Catfish is acoustic-based only because Shawn had no electric guitar at the time. Other instruments include autoharp, Roland keyboard, Indian goat bell, Indonesian gongs, bowed electric bass, African kalimba (thumb piano) and shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). Cited influences at the time include American Indian lore, music from the Middle East and India, Phil Yost, Robbie Basho and Malachi Favors. A recent Wire review noted that Catfish 'shares the peculiar sense of temporal and topographical resonance that exemplifies the soporific, glazed music created by artists from Texas. Though their music references psychedelia (a notionally placeless aesthetic), there is something very specific about the manifestations of place and space in Texas psych...'."