• Archipelago on tinymixtapes Eureka! list for 2007

    Dez 21 2007, 1h06 por countrymarxist

    Archipelago's Images Of Popular Deities makes the 2007 "Eureka!" list at tinymixtapes!


    Archipelago avoid all the clichés that come to mind when you hear the “free-folk improv” label – their rich, muddy pieces unspool over quarter-hours without pretense or indulgent drugginess, somehow evoking playfulness and doom, lightness and density. The songs wander and let the imagination do likewise, always maintaining a balance between the ethereal and the rugged – a chain of tech-savvy swamp mystics in torn-up boots: they’ve got one foot in the pirogue, one on the stompbox. Voices purloined from scratchy radios chatter and then melt, like tape left out in the Gulf Coast sun. Silver clouds of glockenspiel tone waft upward, while earthy textures rub against each other; you’re looking up at a sky thick with sun and storm, while you scrape your cheek against bark, crushing dirt through the gaps between your fingers. …
  • Archipelago review on popmatters

    Dez 3 2007, 16h10 por countrymarxist

    Reviewed at: Popmatters

    by D.M. Edwards
    Islands In The Storm

    In the spirit of Jackie-O Motherfucker, Pelt, and Sunburned Hand of the Man, comes Images Of Popular Deities. Usually, at each Archipelago session, no one plays the same instrument they usually play. A giant collection of acoustic instruments and exotic noisemakers is used and the occasion is an excuse to play around with the diversity of sound, tonality and rhythm. On the evidence of this disc they deserve a much wider audience (and I don’t mean obese).

    Archipelago is a pretty open lineup that has included almost everyone on the Backporch Revolution label. While some members were absent, Images of Popular Deities features: Brian Abbott playing acoustic guitar; Jon Blair on didgeridoo and percussion; Dan Haugh percussion; Potpie turntabling; Gabe Pickard’s cello and vocal work; Alec Vance on melodica, dobro, and guitar; and Jim Yonkus’s upright bass and xylophone. Recording took place in the BPR studio immediately following…