“The Wizard of East Dubuque” by Kevin Drumm; Bandcamp Link: The Wizard of East Dubuque
Last month Kevin Drumm discounted his whole bandcamp discography, something like 114 albums and EPs, at the low, low price of $23.10.
With such a cornucopia of albums available for my sampling, I hardly noticed that he hadn’t made a new album available since March.
However, we were getting close to June, and I started thinking to myself, “…wait a gol’ darn minute…”.
Fortunately, Kevin Drumm chose to slake our thirst with this new album, “The Wizard of East Dubuque”.
The first twenty minutes are what I describe as sound field work, I think the sound source is probably feedback. Spherical sound fields which start small, expand, and intersect with other fields. I was settling into my listening, “ah, this is peaceful, some room to think!” However, my reverie is interrupted by something like a shortwave radio blast. Out of the radio blast, guitar sounds appear and distorted voice coagulates to create a slightly sad, mournful segment for a period. Towards the end, what sound like keyboard based synthesizers come in to take us home, or to church, before fading out into silence.
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