Herbcraft formed in late-2009 after the dissolution of Matt Lajoie’s Cursillistas project. Taking inspiration from late-60s and early-70s psychedelic rock, acid folk, prog/space-rock, and German kosmische, Lajoie wrote and recorded the debut Herbcraft album “Discovers The Bitter Water Of Agartha” in a single day on borrowed equipment. The album was released in June 2010 on Hello Sunshine, sister-label of Woodsist Records. Lajoie put together a live band for tours to support the album, and released the mostly-live “Papers” cassette on Fuck-It Tapes in October 2010. This was followed in June 2011 by “Ashram to the Stars”, a second solo-recorded LP on Hello Sunshine that is much more heavy, dark, and abstract than the debut LP, with Japanese psych, minimalist composition, and cosmic jazz influences. The “Flowering” cassette—a mix of more psych-pop-leaning songs and instrumental improvisations recorded in Spring & Summer 2011—was an addendum to the “Ashram” LP, and released on Julia Dream Recordings in July 2012.

Herbcraft’s 2011-2012 live incarnation (Lajoie with Dawn Aquarius, Nicholas Barker, and Corinna Marshall) recorded its third full-length album, “The Astral Body Electric”, in December 2011 with members of the band Mmoss. The LP was recorded mostly live in the studio on a Tascam 388 with minimal overdubs, and was mastered in Spectrasound by Matt “MV” Valentine. It is due for release in March 2013 on Woodsist Records.

Edited by basketoflight on 17 Dec 2012, 17:36

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