First listen: low voice, ‘salt doll to measure deep sea’


First listen: low voice, ‘salt doll to measure deep sea’

I can’t imagine another album that sounds like a salt doll to measure the deep ocean. No title, no sound. Oh, familiar song structure and vocal harmony. But hearing the record kept me back late at night, I learned about the accident: a battered van, scattered equipment, and how lucky they were to be alive. This is the time of all the clicks.

In 2008, the first time I saw a hymn, they were volunteers at the Newport folk arts festival, taking care of the site, picking up the garbage, getting out their CDS and hoping to build a connection. The band from nearby providence was only a few years old. Fast forward to 2009, the creative team is in Newport Rhode Island band on stage, and with the Nonesuch record company signed a called “oh, my god” album Charlie Darwin environmental decay. The record was followed by Smart Flesh, and then they packed their homes and set up a recording studio in an old vaudevillian theater, making recordings for the iconic art space and the album Eyeland.

Ben Knox Miller, a founding member, remembered that everything had changed in late June, 2016, on the way to Washington, d.c. “I remember looking at the burning van on the steel pole and knowing that it was the end of Eyeland,” he wrote in an email. “I wasn’t hurt, so I hired a truck, picked up all the broken instruments and drove them from DC to providence. That night, I was reading a biography of Caroline larson, “John cage, where the heart beats,” and met the salt doll fable. I found several versions of the salt doll story, but basically told the story of a doll who wanted to know the ocean. The sea says’ come in ‘. He puts his toes in, knows what, but loses his toes. Put your feet, know more, but lose its feet… And so on. I began to imagine its journey, 16 days later, the first edition of [our new] album was written and recorded. (I had to wait for Jeff [Prystowsky] to recover, and we came up with the final version.) ”

Low national anthem, salt doll to measure deep sea.


On February 23, the salt doll began to measure the depth of the ocean, through happy tapes.

It was a difficult journey to measure the depth of the sea, and I was amazed by the strange percussion I first heard. The remaining percussion instruments are not drums, but they are strangely familiar, as I have heard many children and teenagers. Bennox miller solved my mystery.

“I don’t know what these 16 days are,” he wrote. “I was alone, I was destroyed all the conventional instruments () with my band, my bedroom have a living room acoustics (guitar), a 64 key piano and a DA – 88 of the 90 s the number 8 track tape machine. I have been using it to record abstract Musical Instruments, which are formed by processing beats, which are cut through the central ring of vinyl records. My rotary table runs 24 hours a day, and I have built a strapping and guitar pedal as well as an electronic and physical filter, and the room is filled with continuous hypnotic sounds. ”

That’s it: the inner grooves of a record swirl around the circle like percussion. It gives me the feeling that the cycle of the story is so wonderful. Bennox miller confirmed my suspicions.

“I think music is made up of circles,” he wrote. “There is a feeling of security time (constantly feel regression), but some space is open, almost uncomfortable, among ourselves, we call it” subtle energy cycle “. Many of the sounds in Salt Doll come from tiny sources, such as the edge of a brown paper bag or a recording needle bouncing in a magazine. ”

Like I said. It’s really an album like everyone else’s.


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