Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

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Released in 2016. "Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy be in righteous and true collaboration on this one, flowing ideas through the air between them, which seems a rare thing in this age where records course forth without wires. The air's meant to be shared, and that's how Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties came to pass -- a morning, afternoon and evening of frisson in blissed acceptance of the eternal recurrence. And it always came. These guys get each other. They share a passion for arresting the moment in the process of now, and both of them get music from this action in their way. Bajas have a fan in Bonny; their ability to stretch time and get in between the grains scratches his itch to live in those instances. And this makes him a worthy co-jammer, a fourth plane to the BB triangle that quantifies and dimensionalizes the sound. Their first blend was for the Shirley Collins tribute comp, a rendition of 'Pretty Saro' that built from the starkness and tonal monophony of the auld ballads and opened the hatch to timeless stasis. But if more was desired (which it was), more would be needed -- the full trio of Bajas in the room together, in audience with the 'Prince.' Following one of their many mini-jaunts around the country, Bitchin Bajas stopped by Bonnie's aerie one day after tour to make it so. It was an epic and fortunate day. Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties contains moments of tranquility and trance, with the players integrating their separate ways, vibing off each other, making songs together. Bonny is at his spirit-melting celestial best wandering through a lifetime of fortunes that amount, when incanted, to a prayer to the god of many names. The Bajas' access to the universal aural paintbox is unparalleled; their reach is deep. And it all went down onto a two-track reel-to-reel in primitive left-right seps that helped to define their ability to finish it in mixing. Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties is simple and stark and empyrean and inspirational... and pretty modal, too -- probably never more than three chords! -- as Bonny and the Bajas pursue the life of the spirit down ever-fading vapor trails, in a bottomless space."