Suffuse by Roy Montgomery.
Bandcamp Link: Suffuse
Mrs Flannestad is the New Zealand music fan(-atic) in our family. I really like the dead c, but she was the one who already had the vinyl of DR503 and Eusa Kills when I came home all enthusiastic about them. Anyway, she mentioned Roy Montgomery, (the New Zealand musician who was in Pin Group, Dadamah, and Dissolve, all bands I REALLY like,) had a new album. I said, “Yes, I know, ‘Tropic of Anodyne’.” And she said, “No, another new album!”
It turns out he was initially thinking of taking the vocal tracks from Tropic of Anodyne and having someone else sing them for a new release. Then it “morphed” a record of new songs created specifically for a set of vocalists. According to the press, about half the songs turned out, and thus “Suffuse”.
Roy Montgomery has patented a sort of psychedelic, reverb soaked, multitracked guitar thing, often mixing acoustic and electric guitars. Songs are slow-ish and usually fairly drone-ey.
He ended up with quite a set of vocalists. Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux, Juliana Barwick, Liz Harris of Grouper, I am familiar with. She Keeps Bees, Katie Von Schleicher, and Purple Pilgrims, I was not.
Atmospheric, haunting tales of love and loss. My favorite tracks are Rain Bird featuring She Keeps Bees and Landfall featuring Liz Harris.
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