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ARTIST
TITLE
Tenebrae
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
AMI 030CD AMI 030CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/8/2009

"Tenebrae is Theo's fourth long-player and second with Amish (also see Dearly Beloved, [AMI-025]), marking the return of his patently unique songwriting, which includes a variety of regionalist folk-stylings -- the mountain music one discovers along the Appalachian trail; a Southern Gothic lyricism; northwestern eco-spiritualism; and above all, the music discovered in the woods just beyond a tent revival. Angell's densely hermetic iconography reflects an artist well-versed in myth, the avant-garde filmwork of Kenneth Anger and Stan Brakhage, and the ethno-poetics of Brion Gysin. Oh, and Theo's singing voice is unquestionably one of the most expressive and expansive in outsider folk today. Theo grew up in rural Oregon, was home-schooled along with his siblings by his minister father, which provided him little exposure to mainstream pop culture; the tunes on Tenebrae reflect these conditions, documenting both a reverence for and rebellion against isolation and spiritual absolutes. To that end, the title song, which is the Latin word for darkness, references a religious ceremony that involves the extinguishing of candles in advance of holy week. The album's song-cycle reworks various primitive musical forms to new and celebratory ends, twisting these styles into a unique brand of folk-psychedelia. For this outing, the Tabernacle Hillside Singers include, among others, Matt Valentine, P.G. Six, Tom Greenwood and Samara Lubelski. Tenebrae highlights again Theo's unique poly-vocal pyrotechnics and will no doubt prove to be one of the most beautiful records of the year." Comes in a mini-LP style gatefold sleeve.