12k brings you dobro, lap- and pedal-steel guitarist M. Grig’s latest work, Mount Carmel. Modern ambient bingo grids at the ready: the PR is seven paragraphs of exposition, it’s his “most personal record to date” and yes indeed, the music embraces hazy, pastoral nostalgia. It’s delectably engineered - it’s 12k after all - and a calm, delicate and rich listen. Good stuff.
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- Mount Carmel by M. Grig
Pedal steel. What a lovely sound it makes. It can be very evocative of wherever-the-hell-it-is the musician playing it works and calls their home. I’m picturing those rust-red rocks and sandy hills in some big ol’ dustbowl of a landscape somewhere in one of the Southern U.S. states. (Some place I’ve never been but the abstract painting on the cover helps to lead my imagination there…) And that’s after hearing just the first 10 seconds of the opening track.
On his latest release, ‘Mount Carmel’ -- his fourth LP to date but his debut for Taylor Deupree’s consistently magnificent 12k record label -- North Carolinan M. Grig / Michael Grigoni shows off his abilities on not only the pedal steel but also the dobro and lap steel. Such delicately, prettily intertwining sounds and twinkles their manipulated vibrations bestow upon us.
This’ll be so nice to relax to, in those mindful moments some of you may find yourselves drifting away to. Not surprising perhaps when this music was made by a man becoming fairly prolific at the cinematic pastoral / meditative, slow Americana end of instrumental things. Whack it on the stereo on one of those rainy afternoons we love so much.
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