Album Review

Antique Brothers and The Family Band – “Digger Gold” – [Stunned Records]

Thurston Hunger   4/27/2010   A Library, CD

Cassette catch of all-instro improv shadowplay. The
Antique Brothers, Ged and Cy Gengras, lay down guitar
faunprints in the dirt. As on “Namo Arihantanom”
the lines spiral and traipse back on themselves.
Almost to the point of vanishing from your
consciousness. The gentle scree of clarinet rides
in, synthesizer cushions are laid on the ground.
Drums mumble. More such drumbling would be good.
Not far from the campfires of the Jeweled Antler
collective, the Brothers summon their spirits in
Los Angeles. Late night jamminess, that occasionally
crosses the threshold into the realms of order, but
generally moves slow and steady as a bear in the woods.
Indeterminancy invokes incantation. “The Odic Force”
offers the most meat on the bone. Seth Kasselman’s
clarinet helps out a lot through-out. The lead-off
“Right Hand Path” has a sort of Ghost wash to it.
And the titles, and playing, seem bent on a search
of mystical treasure. Digger Gold surely has its
nuggets, but perhaps could have withstood another
pass through the pan.

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