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The Red Valley

Elkhorn

The Red Valley

Vhf
LP $20.25

08/09/2024 783881016413 

VHF 164 


MP3 $5.99

08/09/2024 783881016413 

VHF 164 


FLAC $6.99

08/09/2024 783881016413 

VHF 164 


Debut standalone VHF album by the Elkhorn duo of Drew Gardner and Jesse Sheppard, a tight set of six studio recordings in a variety of moods and featuring a lot of new sound textures. Elkhorn’s prolific stream of releases since 2016 has highlighted their mastery of sprawling long-form, acoustic-driven hypno-jams, with an emphasis on live performance (including on their collaboration with Pelt’s Mike Gangloff on the Shackamaxon Concert album). The Red Valley is a more layered and composed-sounding set, with the duo overdubbing extensively on top of their own dual guitars. Leading off the LP, “Crystal Hummingbird” features one of their signature minor-modal vamps, with layers of fuzz bass, zither, and frame drum providing weight and psychedelic density. “Gray Salt Trail” continues the vibe, with thick fuzz vibraphone supplementing the cinematic palate, leading into the spare side-closer “Black Wind Of Kayenta,” where Sheppard plays electric 12-string and Gardner solos on acoustic guitar.

Side two starts with “Road to Chaco Canyon,” a brooding duet that builds momentum with Gardner’s insistent frame drum cadence, dropping down into the quiet string pool of “Inside Spider Rock” (featuring Fern Knight’s Jesse Sparhawk on gloriously swirling lever harp) and the graceful finale “Jackrabbit Hops.”

Tracklist

  1. #1 Crystal Hummingbird


  2. #2 Gray Salt Trail


  3. #3 Black Wind of Kayenta


  4. #4 Road to Chaco Canyon


  5. #5 Inside Spider Rock


  6. #6 Jackrabbit Hops


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