daniel bachman

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  • daniel bachman – grey black green – feeding tube records

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    First vinylization of the 2011 CD-R release, with which Daniel Bachman shucked the performing name he’d been using (Sacred Harp) and laid his naked ass on the line. Bachman already sounds like a wizened player here (an image that was solidified when his mug was plastered on the box for Tompkins Square’s “Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar” trading cards), but he was actually still a babe of the Fredericksburg woods at the time this came out. Regardless, his technique is massive, and his approach to the material — based on a color-wheel tuning system developed by the late Robbie Basho — is intense. Recorded onto a boom-box, with a hi-fi quotient of nil, the material here reminds one of what Bill Orcutt might sound like if he decided to play in longer format time-chunks. There’s a wonderful kind of containment to the music — suggesting deep investigation and improvisation with hermetic knowledge rather than anything constrictive — which gives this album a sense of spirituality one rarely finds outside the New Age bin. Bachman is a master player, and the evidence of this is apparent even at this relatively early stage of his trajectory. Through constant touring and wood-sheddding, Daniel’s music has evolved in multiple directions over the intervening years, but Grey-Black-Green remains one of the true and unique high watermarks of his recordings. How great to have it on vinyl at long last. Includes a download code.

  • sacred harp – apparitions at the kenmore plantation – self released

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    Sacred Harp, the recording moniker of Daniel Bachman, is based in Fredericksburg, VA: the delightful little town where I spent my youth. Apparitions at the Kenmore Plantation, named after the former home of George Washington’s sister Betty and her husband Fielding Lewis, maps a droning, chanting, acoustic finger-picking and scraping journey across the local terrain and its haunts. Bachman’s guitar technique is inspired by another Fredericksburg picker, the late Jack Rose, and touches on John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and the Takoma aesthetic. Navigating the Rappahannock’s wooded trails and noble rows of stunning dogwood trees, drinking the southern sunlight that sneaks through their glorious white manes, Bachman goes forth like a zonked out Blue Ridge wanderer in search of the town’s mystery, magic and spiritual guts.

  • daniel bachman & matthew sage – low in the high desert i & ii

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    Bachman stopped in Fort Collins on his way South. He and Sage recorded these two improvised pieces while Daniel’s laundry dried. Deep green c20. Edt 30.