Douglas September's cd OIL TAN BOW is a collection of songs which defy description. Combining delta blues, dust bowl balladeering, shortwave/techno-fizz, & aural collage experimentation with a literary element suggestive of William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Harpo Marx & the 21stC sensibilities of Jonathan Lethem, OIL TAN BOW represents a reinvention of roots music.
Teamed with guitarist & long-time collaborator Robby Aceto, with looping/remix guru David Torn (SPLaTTeRCeLL), Douglas September’s songs take on angular, unexpected shapes; fusing gritty vintage guitar tones with nutty digital distortion & lo-fi loops. Robby Aceto’s elegant guitar work - abetted by Torn's highly inventive rule-breaking production style provide a perfect setting for the centerpiece of this recording; namely September’s incredible voice.
On tracks like “Old Stray Dog”, he sings as though he were channelling someone’s crazed grandpappy. At the same time, he is capable of emoting the most subtle unashamed honesty as he does in his version of the classic traditional Scots ballad, “Wild Mountain Thyme”. From the disturbing hobo noir of “Why Don’t It Move?” to his desperately beautiful rendering of “Girl From the North Country”, September’s spare & unadorned vocals draw the listener into a world of deep emotional complexity.
Recorded for the most part live at Torn’s CeLL Labs Studio, small snippets of September’s bizarre home-brewed musical pastiche are interspersed throughout, creating a compelling window on the good man in a hard place psyche of a post-industrial vagabond. OIL TAN BOW adventures deep into the internal territories which have also been explored by admitted heroes Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, & poet Arthur Rimbaud. Much like the atmosphere of the fictions that frame the music, OIL TAN BOW is a work which demands repeated immersions into its complete & finely crafted dark universe.
released September 1, 2001
Produced by SPLaTTeRCeLL (David Torn) and Robby Aceto
Additional Production by Douglas September
all songs recorded and mixed by David Torn @ eStudio CeLL, Bearsville NY USA, except tracks 1,3,5,7,10,11,13,15,16 - recorded in the Boiler Room and at the Sowsbelly, Toronto, Canada by D9.
Mastered @ eStudio CeLL, Bearsville NY by David Torn
SPLaTTeRCeLL and David Torn appear through kind courtesy of CeLL DIViSioN Recording and right side management.
Robby Aceto and Douglas September
Art Work & Design:
Robby Aceto: electric & acoustic guitars, guitar lopps, accordion
SPLaTTeRCeLL: additional freq programming & arrangements
Douglas September: vocals, voice characterization, guitar, harmonica, accordion (tracks 10, 11, 16), shortwave, and other instruments.
Photos Courtesy of The Office of the U.S. Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
all songs by Douglas September ©2001 Big Pond Publishing
except, Why Don't it Move? and The Professor by d9 and Robby Aceto ©2001 Big Pond Publishing (socan / BMI) and Muse at One-Eleven Music (BMI)
I Ain't Got No Home c/o Ludlow Music, Inc (BMI) written by Woody Guthrie
Wild Mountain Thyme trad. arrangement by Robby Aceto
Girl From the North Country Bob Dylan ©1963, renewed 1991 Special Rider Music
Yessir!That's My Baby Kahn and Donaldson ©Bourne Co.
Wade Langham for Lupins Productions
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