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Tongue Depressor and John McCowen // Blame Tuning Tape

Tongue Depressor and John McCowen // Blame Tuning Tape

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American gothic Americana drone duo Tongue Depressor, also known as Old Saw,John McCowen, a clarinetist from New York who has performed with International Anthem and Dinzu Artefacts in the past.However, in April 2023, the Texas experimental label Full SpectrumIt is a collaborative cassette released with a limited edition of 200.

Includes two minimalistic and immersive acoustic drone tracks recorded directly to reel-to-reel using lap steel, pedal steel, contrabass and clarinet. Comes with DL code.

of Tongue DepressorOther worksIs also recommended.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Full Spectrum Records releases available at Tobira. 

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Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 200. 

Tracklist:

  1. Blame Tuning Part One 21:58
  2. Blame Tuning Part Two 23:36

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Full Spectrum Records:

"Full Spectrum Records welcomes the mighty Tongue Depressor into the fold with the release of a new collaboration with long-time friend and fellow-spirited sonic explorer John McCowen: 'Blame Tuning.'

The long-standing project of Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden, Tongue Depressor has evolved a mythic drone vernacular over the course of a broad series of albums since their inception in 2017. Rooted in shared sonic language that references western swing, gothic americana, and the spectralist avant-garde, their work together embodies glacial sonic forms that are both monolithic on the exterior and microscopically shifting on the interior.

McCowen, of course, is no stranger to this sort of tonal depth and color, having struck up a creative partnership with Rowden after relocating to Brooklyn in 2018. The two bonded immediately upon meeting–thanks to their mutual obsession with the works of composer Iancu Dumitrescu–and played together frequently, developing a deeply resonant connection as a performing duo.

These two projects gradually drifted toward one another, eventually overlapping into a humble sort of “super group,” and ultimately resulting in the work that comprises 'Blame Tuning.' Their shared country upbringing and excitement over similar sonic phenomena would make the realization of these jams almost necessary. “The feeling I get from playing with Zach and Henry is reminiscent of my early years in punk and improvised music,” explained McCowen via email. shared excitement for when things are somehow magically 'on.'”

Recorded straight on ¼” reel-to-reel at Birdsey's New Haven, Connecticut home in October 2021, the two expansive performances now on display function as a sort of yowling blues raga, raging against the light as the trio backs slowly into the void. Little planning or true preparation was done before this session; indeed this is simply the sound of three highly attuned friends and creative partners operating via pure wavelength.
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Artist: Tongue Depressor and John McCowen

Label: Full Spectrum Records

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American gothic Americana drone duo Tongue Depressor, also known as Old Saw,John McCowen, a clarinetist from New York who has performed with International Anthem and Dinzu Artefacts in the past.However, in April 2023, the Texas experimental label Full SpectrumIt is a collaborative cassette released with a limited edition of 200.

Includes two minimalistic and immersive acoustic drone tracks recorded directly to reel-to-reel using lap steel, pedal steel, contrabass and clarinet. Comes with DL code.

of Tongue DepressorOther worksIs also recommended.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Full Spectrum Records releases available at Tobira. 

--------------------------------

Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 200. 

Tracklist:

  1. Blame Tuning Part One 21:58
  2. Blame Tuning Part Two 23:36

++

Full Spectrum Records:

"Full Spectrum Records welcomes the mighty Tongue Depressor into the fold with the release of a new collaboration with long-time friend and fellow-spirited sonic explorer John McCowen: 'Blame Tuning.'

The long-standing project of Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden, Tongue Depressor has evolved a mythic drone vernacular over the course of a broad series of albums since their inception in 2017. Rooted in shared sonic language that references western swing, gothic americana, and the spectralist avant-garde, their work together embodies glacial sonic forms that are both monolithic on the exterior and microscopically shifting on the interior.

McCowen, of course, is no stranger to this sort of tonal depth and color, having struck up a creative partnership with Rowden after relocating to Brooklyn in 2018. The two bonded immediately upon meeting–thanks to their mutual obsession with the works of composer Iancu Dumitrescu–and played together frequently, developing a deeply resonant connection as a performing duo.

These two projects gradually drifted toward one another, eventually overlapping into a humble sort of “super group,” and ultimately resulting in the work that comprises 'Blame Tuning.' Their shared country upbringing and excitement over similar sonic phenomena would make the realization of these jams almost necessary. “The feeling I get from playing with Zach and Henry is reminiscent of my early years in punk and improvised music,” explained McCowen via email. shared excitement for when things are somehow magically 'on.'”

Recorded straight on ¼” reel-to-reel at Birdsey's New Haven, Connecticut home in October 2021, the two expansive performances now on display function as a sort of yowling blues raga, raging against the light as the trio backs slowly into the void. Little planning or true preparation was done before this session; indeed this is simply the sound of three highly attuned friends and creative partners operating via pure wavelength.
 "

Artist: Tongue Depressor and John McCowen

Label: Full Spectrum Records