The first time I saw Matt Valentine and Erika Elder, I was kind of put of by their (his) stage persona, which leans a little too heavily, for my taste, on the shaman thing. (They were opening for Akron/Family who, by contrast, could not be more down to earth and approachable.) But the new record is pretty good, if you like stretched-out, super-slow, altered folk blues. Here's some of my review, which is up at PureMusic now.
Drone Trailer weaves a long strung-out trek through the backwoods of folk, blues, raga and country. The sound here is clean, as if a path had been cleared through the spiritual murk that Matt Valentine and Erika Elder lately inhabited. You can hear all the details as these songs unfurl gradually, atonal washes of distortion and drone cutting through traditional finger picked motifs. It is a strange but rather lovely landscape, dark, musty, a little squelchy underfoot, but allowing for dust-mottled sunshine to slip between the leaves.
The rest of the review
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