Album Review

Gold Leaf Branches [coll] – [Digitalis Industries]

Numa   3/2/2006   A Library, CD

A excellent collection here from Brad Rose/Digitalis Industries. A sampling of spectral folk to psychoacoustic fields and singer/songwriters to mild noise. The placement of a few larger names (Six Organs of Admittance, James Blackshaw, Wooden Wand, Nick Castro) here helps to give exposure of some artists that should be heard by all. A great collection that highlights many of the outstanding artists that have been released on Digitalis. This massive collection has 59 artists and spans 3 CDs. It rates right up there as one of the best collections I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. A two CD treatment might have been just right in length, 3CDs make it epic though. It sometimes makes some large jumps in themes from traveling through space with channel ghosting to confessional folk, but that is a part of the charm. Right after the first three tracks I was hooked. The tracks are mostly short (~ 3 minutes) and glued together in ways that keep the listener involved and actively listening.

Headphones optional, seatbelt prohibited.

Numa’s picks:
Disc1: (3) Stuart Busby – (4) Hala Strana – (20) Oxblood Reincarnations
Disc2: (8) Rameses III – (11) The Magickal Folk of the Faraway Tree – (19) Marissa Nadler
Disc3: (2) Anvil Salute – (10) Agitated Radio Pilot – (17) Mike Tamburo

Language: Disc2 Track6 – “fuck”

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