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    Ulaan Markhor – “Ulaan Markhor” – [Soft Abuse]

    Hey look, it’s the center of the world. Not a
    diamond, not a gear, not an ancient dusty text,
    but a minor chord. Steven R. Smith holds it in
    his hands, carves it out of the fretboard of
    his guitars and builds instrumental temples in
    its honor. Not sure where his Ulaan Khol
    dropped off and his Ulaan Markhor picks up,
    both evidently are creatures that occupy the
    lofty isolated crags of mountains. Something
    about these goats gets mine, gorgeous animals
    with wizened beards and innocent eyes, a good
    oxymoron for the sounds here. Deep yet simple…
    one can hum mindlessly or get lost deep in
    thought. Or do I have that reversed? There’s a
    timelessness to the tunes, often a rolling kind
    of sea shanty vibe. Dexterity of distortion,
    the sturdy stacking of guitars, Steven’s drums
    are a bit more forceful (I had my old notes to
    his “Tableland” release where I jotted down the
    drums were mopey). Mope no more! These are more
    sure-footed and sure-fisted. This beast is not
    one for blood sacrifice, more the fleshly cloak
    of the divine.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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