5

Arborea: Fortress of the Sun

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Arborea: Fortress of the Sun This duo from Maine casts a post-psychedelic, homespun folk vibe with a few subtle twists, signaling a nouveau spin on bands such as '70s British folk denizen Pentangle, and a classic Haight-Ashbury trippy street fair. Featuring sustainable and impressive compositions, Shanti Curran's virtuous vocals impart a spell of transcendental wonderment, sprinkled with dreamy atmospherics.

This acoustic-electric set is devised with hauntingly melodic themes that sometimes drift into an interminable abyss. The creative touch of studio-induced echo adds capacious characteristics to the program amid some offbeat treatments, contrasting the mystical aura often underscored with Americana and hush-toned spoken word segments. Shanti Curran and her husband Buck employ banjo, guitars, harmonium and even an Ebow banjo into the mix, and the album is indicative of the ESP Disk label's occasional detour off the free-jazz realm, spanning its inception as a renegade entity for over fifty years.

"Daughters of Man" is a counterbalancing act, consisting of Shanti Curran's wordless vocals and gently strumming acoustic guitar work, offset by Buck Curran's psyched-out, streaming electric guitar lines. The artists generate a broad plane here and on other tracks, where notions of surrealistic folk come into play. However, "When I Was on Horseback" is a piece that subtly morphs English folk with American country-folk and a wistful hook, tinted with searching attributes. Here, images of rural greenery via undulating hills are evoked, with Shanti Curran shaping an ode to a stallion that will also carry her coffin, as the lyrics disclose.

Modest by design, it's an enchanting event that propagates a heavenly muse, while offering escapism for the restless mind.


Track Listing: Pale Horse Phantasm; Daughters of Man; After the Flood Only Love Remains; Ghost; Rider; When I Was on Horseback; Rua das Aldas; Cherry Tree Carol; Three unlisted bonus track alternate mixes.

Personnel: Shanti Curran: vocals, banjo, guitar, harmonium, ukulele, hammered dulcimer; Buck Curran: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, flute, Ebow banjo; Anders Griffen: drums (1); Greg Boardman: upright bass (2,5), viola (8); Michael Krapovicky: electric bass (3).

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: ESP Disk


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "At This Time..." CD/LP/Track Review At This Time...
by Budd Kopman
Published: May 11, 2016
Read "Falga" CD/LP/Track Review Falga
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 18, 2016
Read "Wise After The Event - Deluxe Edition" CD/LP/Track Review Wise After The Event - Deluxe Edition
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 23, 2016
Read "Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4" CD/LP/Track Review Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 19, 2016
Read "Live At Maxwell's" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Maxwell's
by Budd Kopman
Published: September 23, 2016
Read "The Duke Box 2" CD/LP/Track Review The Duke Box 2
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 14, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!