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Been looking forward to this one. Seems like a while since Sun Araw last put out any solo material but he’s easily forgiven with this bitchin’ cover of ‘Thrasher’ by Neil Young. What more could you ask for? His cover of ‘Barstool Blues’ on tribute/benefit LP ‘A Fundamental Experiment’ was a clear highlight but he’s outdone himself with this with this spiritual take on ‘Thrasher’. Stallone's vocal cruises the highway of wahtar, blissed-out organ, blasted vibratones and blurzzed-out percussion on an open road adventure to wherever he damn well pleases. Young would no doubt impressed and pleased.
Flip it and it’s Ralph White’s turn. On ‘Lord Franklin, A Child ballad’ White does what he does best, respectfully twisting the disciplines of traditional American roots music (ie; folk, proto-blues, country) with his contorted vocal approach and free-form approach to composition. Here thumb piano (Kalimba), violin, banjo and fiddle jostle for favour with White dropping an occasional verse or two into the blissfully chaotic mix. It’s a remarkably effective blues jam.
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