They haunted most thickly. A collection of songs played mainly on an open C tuned resonator guitar & an open A tuned 12-string acoustic guitar. Melodies coming from guitar improvisations, heard in dreams, misheard in reality, all of which continued to invade my thoughts, a driving force for inspiration to record during my time living in Paris. These songs did indeed haunt me most thickly. – Andy Cartwright
Seabuckthorn is the solo project of UK acoustic guitarist Andy Cartwright. Releasing 6 albums since 2008 he explores alternative terrains on six to twelve strings, often with minimal layered accompaniments to produce a musical landscape. Cartwright uses the techniques of finger picking & bowing combined with various open tunings to form a well curated mixture of approaches. Falling into the cinematic and soundtrack genres, it’s evident of influences ranging from the traditional styles of Robbie Basho and Jack Rose, to more modern players like Ben Chasny, Zak Riles, and Gustavo Santaolalla with whom Cartwright shares an emphasis on atmospheric and multi-instrumental compositions. Sometimes quietly ambient, often powerfully expressive.
‘Coming from a period in both our lives where failed marriages, affairs, drug and alcohol abuse and a fatalistic dose of existential dread were leading us into something of a madman’s revelry. The lyrics weave these personal moments in through various fantastic narratives about star-crossed soldiers finding perfection in the desert, Prohibition-era murder and espionage, crime scene investigations in pastoral meadows, and finding soft comfort in the hallucinatory madness of Nebraska. Themes of being lost, betrayal, murder and madness are given candy-coated arrangements of Americana and atmospheric electronics. A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, as they say.’ – Isaac Edwards (Odawas)
Ninth release of Michael Tapscott (founder of the american band Odawas) and first vinyl edition for Bookmaker Records, “Good Morning, Africa” alternates captivating ballads and dark instrumental tracks. The result is a deep mix of folk songwriting, psychedelism and new age. Feat. Andrew Kenower (field recordings) and mastered by James Plotkin.
With Tapscott’s expertise and Kernower’s deft, unobtrusive touch it flows naturally – the ballads stand out amidst ghostly clouds of Lynchian gloom like chinks of gold in a prospector’s pan. – Fluid Radio