Loren Connors Vinyl, CD & tapes by Loren Connors at Norman Records
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Yet more guitar murmurations reissued by the blues enigma Loren Connors. At this point he's risen to prominence in experimental scenes through a series of lovely re-evaluations, and Angels That Fall is another. Recorded as recently as 2016, it offers the same interactions of silence and resonance.
- Vinyl LP (FV100LP)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Limited edition
- Last copy
Loren Connors is one of those avant-garde composers’ whose records sell out quickly, and definitively. When their albums make a return, they are no longer avant-garde, but canon. So it should be with Blues the ‘Dark Paintings’ of Mark Rothko, inspired by Rothko, and a timepiece in its own right. 800 copies on 160 gram vinyl.
Loren Connors has been a prolific maker and documenter of guitar music for many years now; across at least a hundred records spanning four decades in fact. Here is the latest volume -- the tenth! -- a continuation of his unaccompanied acoustic guitar improvisations; he made a series of 9 solo acoustic records under the name of Loren Mazzacane between 1979 and 1980. His delta and country blues style is sounding as spectral and distinctive as it ever did. Limited edition LP on Blank Forms with hand-assembled art covers.
- Vinyl LP (BF-004LP)
- In stock and ready to ship
Alternative folk duo Kath Bloom and Loren (MazzaCane) Conners had quite a prolific stint in the 80s. Now the kind folk at Chapter Music are reissuing their classic album Restless Faithful Desperate, filled with gentle acoustic folk. The duo's heartfelt songs have influenced a fair share of artists, including Sonic Youth, Bill Callahan, and Mark Kozelek, and not without reason.
- Vinyl LP (CH155LPC1)
- Coloured vinyl
Releases of the music of Loren Connors are always welcome, and they are especially so when they continue a remarkable suite of records intended as a tribute of sorts to Miles Davis. The Departing Of A Dream Vol. V is a typical example of Connors’ near-spiritual craft with the electric guitar: beautiful. 10” record, released in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies by Family Vineyard.
- Vinyl 10" (FV98LP)
- Limited edition
Recital Records (Radiant Husk, Ian William Craig) present the fourth of their Loren Connors reissues. Pretty As Ever features the guitarist’s 2005 suites Pretty As Ever and Trinity as well as his 2000 interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. Though the recording quality is decidedly lo-fi, it adds an additional layer of mystique to Connors’s haunting guitar playing. The release comes with a short story and an artwork insert.
Around the same time Connors laid down his first primal solo guitar albums at his home in Daggett Street, New Haven, he recorded these duos with visiting local bluesman, Robert Crotty. Connors revered the elder guitarist, and with his trademark vocal moan audible beneath Crotty’s more sonorous singing, there’s a sense of a teacher / apprentice relationship between the two. This collection of standards and improvisations is available as a double CD, or an LP with a bonus CD.
The Loren Connors re-issue frenzy continues with this vinyl pressing of his 1997 album. As the title perhaps suggests, this is a heavier album with nods towards the guitar scree and feedback of Bardo Pond and Sonic Youth. All tracks are untitled and the sole instrument is Connors ever mutating guitar.
Previously released in limited CD quantities in 1998, Evangeline is a superb example of guitar wizard Loren Connors working in a romantic mode, in a suite of pieces that follow a story adapted from an 1847 epic poem. The rich, gorgeous audio has been remastered for this reissue, which also comes with new artwork and a story by Suzanne Langille. Edition of 500 LPs.
Tom Carter & Loren Connors
The twin crown princes of American guitar join forces for what appears to be the first time ever! Charalambides man Tom Carter is a little more psychadelic, and Norman favourite Loren Connors is a little more bluesy, but both are masters of gorgeous in-depth improvisation, and they twirl together into perfection on this Untitled LP. Edition of 500 on Family Vineyard.
- Vinyl LP (FV94LP)
- Limited edition
The vastly talented Loren Connors recently started up his Departing of a Dream series on Family Vineyard: here is Volume VI. This is Connors in an especially ethereal mood, with his guitar seemingly morphing into something not of this world. 10” vinyl on Family Vineyard, firmly limited to just 500 copies.
Loren Connors & Clint Heidorn
A pair of six-string guitarists: the young Clint Heidorn and the veteran Loren Connors. Light was recorded in a Brooklyn Cathedral, and the listener can almost see the carefully-deployed chords sinking through the spacious dust of the room. This is a single-sided 12” on clear vinyl, packaged with a postcard and 2 pieces of Connors visual art. On Family Vineyard.
Another precious Loren Connors recording rescued from limited-run obscurity. Lullaby, first released in 2001, was a follow-up to his glorious Airs record, and shimmers through similarly gorgeous and subtle pieces of guitar atmospherics. Originally only an edition of 100 CDrs, Lullaby now gets a proper vinyl pressing. On Recital.
Loren Connors is deservedly famed for his meditative guitar playing, but this release is the first time we’ve been able to hear what he can do with a piano. The Red Painting is a single-sided 7”, so it only provides a brief glimpse of what we will hopefully see more of in the future: but what a glimpse. 338 numbered copies on red vinyl, from Family Vineyard.
The US avant guitarist Loren Connors further consolidates his legendary status with a self-explanatory live outing. As usual, the blues hovers spectrally over proceedings while the guitarist's inventive and diverse technique recalls fellow masters including Robert Johnson, Ry Cooder and Keiji Haino to Robert Fripp, Bill Frisell and John McLaughlin.
A classic work of rich-toned guitar beauty from master of this sort of thing Loren Connors. Airs was first infused onto cassette in 1999, and it remains one of his most entrancing works to date. The name of the label, Recital, feels highly appropriate for the near-spiritual feel of these guitar miniatures. LP, limited to 520 copies.
Loren Connors and Chris Forsyth
Contrasts couples together the work of experimental guitar veteran Loren Connors with his more contemporary avant-garde counterpart Chris Forsyth in one of a special series of cassette tapes. Each artist has recorded a special 20-minute work to explore the medium of cassette.
Contrasts is limited to just 100 copies.
Those Two Nice Catholic Boys are also two highly creative guitarists: Loren Connors and Jim O’Rourke. This album on Family Vineyard provides three live improvisations plucked out from years of performing, and really it is just a pleasure to hear these two total pros responding to each other. Sometimes quiet and melodic, sometimes drenched in feedback, always compelling.
Bird Show, Polmo Polpo, Loren Connors, Various
Family Vineyard do the decent thing and reissue this triple CD compilation of various rare Loren Connors recordings. Material garnered from almost 30 years and who-knows-how-many releases, all displaying the special, exploratory guitar playing of Connors. Remastered by Jim O’Rourke, so you know it’ll sound good too.