Nathan Bowles - Whole & Cloven (2016)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 179.63 Mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps ~ 88.94 Mb | 38:41 | Cover
Folk, Country, Experimental, Banjo | Country: USA | Label: Paradise Of Bachelors - PoB-28
On his exquisite third solo album, Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn, Pelt, Black Twig Pickers) again augments his mesmeric clawhammer banjo pieces with piano, percussion, and vocals. Instead of the programmatic place-based narratives of its predecessor Nansemond (PoB-16), Whole & Cloven offers a stoic meditation on absence, loss, and fragmentation, populating those experiential gaps—the weighty interstices and places in-between—with stillness and wonder. Straddling Appalachian string band music and avant-garde composition but beholden to neither idiom, Nathan proves himself heir to deconstructivist tradition-bearers like Henry Flynt and Jack Rose.