Friday, October 30, 2009

Arborea



This self titled collection is the second release for Arborea. Hailing from Maine, the duo of Buck and Shanti Curran (on vocals, guitars, banjos, percussion) are joined on two numbers by Helena Espvall of Espers on cello. Here they conjure up a musical offering that is equal parts Appalachian music, traditional English folk music, and contemporary psychedelic folk with experimental touches creating a sound that stands out as unique while touching upon something that feels as ancient as the urge to create music.

Rare is the record that takes the listener to fields both verdant and desolate in the same journey as this release does, and it does so in a way that makes both equally powerful and inviting. The duo possess an alchemy that makes their collaboration feel as natural as the trees from which their names comes from.

Following upon the success of their debut effort Wayfaring Summer, Arborea have outdone themselves with this release, a recording that establishes them as masters of their craft. This is a group you will be hearing from for years to come.

“Arborea creates timeless music, haunted by deep shadows. Their songs are bathed in shimmering harmonics, spectral slide, and positively spooky banjo. The songs also evoke a kind of mysterious quality, they seem to touch a place in your soul that instinctively understands.”

Dirty Linen Magazine (from a review of Wayfaring Summer)

Official videos:
River and Rapids
Seadrift
Black Mountain Road
Arms & Horses

2 songs from selftitled album "Arborea":
Black Mountain Road.mp3
Red Bird.mp3
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and 1 song from 2009 album "House of Sticks":
Beirut.mp3
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Informations from Buck Curran (Arborea).
Keep up good work...

3 Comments:

Blogger graaf24 said...

Hi, BIG thanks for video & music, but tracks (Red Bird & Black Mountain Road with Helena Espvall) is from Arborea - ST - 2008, NOT from Compilation album House of Sticks - 2009!

pozdrav, Graaf

30 October, 2009 05:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice, all well worth listening to. I've got the 2008 release; these two tracks are actually from that one, not from "Sticks". But thanks anyway.

30 October, 2009 06:44  
Blogger boyhowdy said...

BIG Arborea fan here...and to add to the above, I note that their as-yet-unreleased cover of This Little Light of Mine will appear on a tribute to Odetta coming in November - I've already heard the previews, and the track is amazing as one might expect. More on the compilation here.

30 October, 2009 08:45  

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