I recently re-read The Phantom Tollbooth (thanks, gabe!) – one of my old favorites. In one part, Milo finds himself in The Doldrums, a place where one ends up when not paying attention. I can’t help but think about how pleasant that place can be. I listen to this record in The Doldrums.
“Well, if you can’t laugh or think, what can you do?” asked Milo.
“Anything as long as it’s nothing, and everything as long as it isn’t anything”
ps Frankie Broyles is the guitarist from Deerhunter. This is his solo project.
I discovered Golden Pawn through the wonderful ambient label, Scissor Tail Editions. Dylan Aycock (founder of scissortail), Andrew Bones, and Mark Kuykendall join together to create a world unto itself – one that I wouldn’t want to live in, but that I would willingly enter for forty-two minutes and emerge a new man. The textures weave together into an ambient braid – the dissonance lingering on in order to make the release more rewarding. This is an album worth lying down for.
Shout-out to my roommate, Gabe, for turning me onto the label.
It’s an orchid double special today as we get ready for the upcoming weekend.
The first is the album Victoria Park by Fog Lake off of the Orchid Tapes label. Fog Lake AKA Aaron Powell’s solo project drifts through a haze of fuzzy guitar, monotonous drums, and a soft slurred voice that makes you lean in for a closer listen.
The second spotlight is Thomas Nils Howard’s solo project, Orchid Mantis. It’s easy to slip away in the atmosphere of the standout track “Moonflowers”.
TIP: My grandma told me to water orchids with an ice cube. The water releases slowly and does not damage the plant.