MC


REDEEM DOWNLOAD CODE

If you received a download code in a vinyl you purchased, you can redeem it for your download here.


LOGIN

Login with your existing account.

Forgot Password

CREATE ACCOUNT

Create an account to purchase items.

cover
LP $13.00

05/17/2011 783881012910 

VHF 129 


CD $12.00

05/17/2011 783881012927 

VHF 129 CD 


MP3 $9.90

05/17/2011 783881012927 

 


Sixty Strings is an album of two epic duets by Eric Carbonara (22-string upright Chaturangui guitar) and Jesse Sparhawk (38-string lever harp). While Carbonara has studied Chaturangui extensively with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya in Kolkata, and Sparhawk was classically trained by major figures of the harp world in his formative years, the music here is their own—not a mashup of quasi-orientalism and conservatory bloodlessness. Both side-long tracks lay out a spacious framework, with the two players supporting simple but elegant melodies that recall Brüder des Schattens-era Popol Vuh and various modal / devotional styles. While the sound of the Chaturangui’s sympathetic strings provides a constant electric blanket of comfort, Carbonara’s playing is concise and restrained, forgoing the kind of melismatic ornamentation that is a stylistic tic of much Indian-inspired music. Sparhawk, whose expert playing adds much to Fern Knight’s complex orchestrations, steps out and extends his instrument using various techniques: fingerpicking guitar-like patterns that interlock with Carbonara, and using sharply struck attacks at the upper register for a piano-like effect. On “The Entwined Twin,” the dry crack of a snare drum (played by Julius Masri) enters after a few minutes, ratcheting up the urgency and adding an unexpected texture to the proceedings. The excellent recording captures both instruments in detail with close-up, intimate feel.

Tracklist

  1. #1 A Patient Promise

    Listen

  2. #2 The Entwined Twin

    Listen

Single MP3s for this release are $4.99.

Related Items

cover

Sparhawk, Jesse / Carbonara, Eric

Tributes & Diatribes
Vhf
cover

Astral Social Club & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra

Plasma Splice Trifle
Vhf
cover

Russell, Bruce & Luke Wood

Visceral Realists
Vhf
cover

Wingtip Sloat

Purge And Swell/The Lost Decade
Vhf
cover

Flying Saucer Attack

In Search Of Spaces
Vhf
cover

Slowest Lift, The

S/t
Vhf
cover

Rose, Jack

Opium Musick
Vhf
cover

Rose, Jack

Red Horse, White Mule
Vhf
cover

Aethenor

Hazel
Vhf
cover

Vibracathedral Orchestra

Rec Blast Motorbike
Vhf
cover

Ashtray Navigations

A Shimmering Replica
Vhf
cover

Kawabata, Makoto

Astro Love & Infinite Kisses
Vhf