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The Thicket

  • 1. Thicket, The
    2. Two Shades of Blue
    3. Fool Summons Train
    4. Orange Disaster
    5. Amleth's Gambit
    6. 40 Words on Worship
    7. Swami Vivekananda Way
    8. Buried in the Wall
    9. On Worship
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 160

  • Credits
    EngineerPhil Bonnet

    Personnel: David Grubbs, Mary Lass Stewart (vocals); Tony Conrad (violin); Ernst Long Kirche (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jeb Bishop (trumpet); Josh Abrams (bass); John McEntire (drums).
    Personnel: Mary Ann Stewart (vocals); Tony Conrad (violin); Jeb Bishop (trombone); John McEntire (drums, percussion).
    Recording information: Solid Sound (03/1998-06/1998); Solid Sounds (03/1998-06/1998); Tony Conrad's Studio (03/1998-06/1998).
    Photographer: Renaud Monfourny.
    David Grubbs austere and cerebral solo disc is not to be filed under "easy listening." Unlike his listener-friendly contributions to Gastr Del Sol's CAMOUFLEUR, many of these minimal pieces are filled with tension. That's not to say this is an unrewarding disc. The lyrics have more in common with Gurdjieff than, oh, say Chuck Berry, and the arrangements are deliberate and full of subtlety. A harshly plucked banjo/guitar hammers out anxious eighth-notes on the title track. A small horn section appears without apology. In the gorgeous slight-reprise of "On Worship," harmonium and violin drone out a fragment of a melody from an earlier piece. Many pieces change timbre in mid-song or slightly before closing. Haunting and unpredictable, THE THICKET breathes the same rarefied air as The Red Krayola's '90s work. Like a trek in the Himalayas, it may be difficult, but the view is spectacular.

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (1/99, p.27) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year [1998]"
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