Self Titled Album
A cup of nectarous melody is poured gently over the hot coals of wistful self dancing, as acoustic and pretty guitar work drape the room with a beautiful and natural vibe. Spiritual Deliverance sounds a very apt name for this short but memorable opening piece. Alienist continues the edge and follows the path into darker waters, descending into abyssal depths and capturing the glimpses of life that flitter in the bioluminescent shades of temporal existence.
Real feeling is worked into each phrase and bar, the organic and man made element to this music makes it so easy to connect with the artist and sense a fraction of the moment within the composition. We can tell also, that during the performance for recording, that same passion and feeling was stirred up again. The microphone does a great job of detecting this extra ingredient. Maybe the mixing has been left to the minimum, and the earthen flow is kept alive.
With grace and humble adaptation to style, Erudite Stoner completes the demonstration of talent with yet more diversity but stays true to original musicianship. The mastery of the steel string and plucked timing is clear, and by the time we get half way through this relaxing and at the same time moving album, it's clear to us that we're listening to a person who has spent a long time working on their sound. The reality of working with steel and finger is that we can place our whole body into the playing, and with the slightest touch, adjust the feel of everything the instrument produces.
Waiting for the Storm is perhaps the most touchable track, with a nostalgia and a folklore feel that really reminds us of something that we don't actually remember. When the distortion kicks in, the fuzz creates another layer which actually makes it more slippery and easier to digest. I love this about music, and this one guitar sound has been able to touch on so many ghosts with the simple tunes and timings that go alongside the human and analogue way in which the album has been produced. Traditions seep across this work like clothes.
Erudite Stoner can be listened to for free and bought as a digital download from Bandcamp.