'Hidden Amongst the Trees and Foothills' by Black Brunswicker
Limited Edition Cassette / CD / Digital
Black Brunswicker is the moniker of midwest-based ambient guitarist Ethan Helfrich. He creates lush billows of lofi soundscapes primarily from a digest of recorded tape loops, a myriad of effects pedals and acoustic guitar. The result is a stunning array of warm, nostalgic sound treatments. ‘Hidden Amongst the Trees and Foothills’ is a collection of ambient hymns, hushed sounds, and tape distortions.
'Hidden Amongst the Trees and Foothills' was recorded this past spring during what I would describe as a very weird time for me. I was experiencing a constant sense of isolation and feeling disconnected with both myself and others. Playing guitar has been a constant source of peace for me and these are some tracks that came out of this difficult period. Looking back now, I feel like I'm in a different, better place now. I hope this music will bring peace to others just as it has done for me.
Over the past several months, I really started diving into finger-style playing, having found the music from John Fahey, Jack Rose, and Robbie Basho. Fahey in particular was a huge inspiration for some of these tracks and is what led me to develop a love of Open C tuning.
Green shell cassette tape with white imprinting, housed in a clear norelco box and shrink wrapped. Loaded with FerroMaster C456™ super ferric, ultra-high performance type-1 music grade analog tape. Limited to 100 units.
Disc housed in a 4-panel cardstock eco-pack. Eco-pack protected by a clear, re-sealable eco-bag. Printed using green friendly ink. Limited to 100 units.
All tracks written and produced by Ethan Helfrich. All arrangements were recorded into a Tascam MF-P01 using a Harmony H165, a Recording King 000, and a broken Kent 12 string. Pedals varied, but usually included an el Capistan, DD-3, Canyon delay, a Ditto X2, a volume pedal, and a Russian Big Muff (for Woodsmoke).
Recorded in my small apartment in Evanston, IL between January and April 2019. For Michol, with love forever.
Mastered by Guillermo Pizarro
Analog mastering, design and layout by zakè
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'To Those Who Dwelt in a Land of Deep Darkness' by zakè is now available at Past Inside the Present’s Bandcamp page.
For many, music and art are invaluable when it comes to coping with dark and trying times. This can be true for both the creators and the consumers. With his latest release, zaké provides a 38-minute, pensive and ultimately healing deep dive into what it means to continue living life in the face of loss and uncertainty. Wayne Robert Thomas joins zaké for a moving addendum that further explores the emotional depths of struggle, perseverance, and growth.
Written to those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness.
Written and produced by zakè
Additional production, sound treatments, and guitars on 'An Addendum' by Wayne Robert Thomas
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