Sunday, July 22, 2007

JOSHUA "Gold Cosmos" LP 2001 (US)

Joshua Burkett was a member of the TOWER RECORDINGS collective. Here is his second album, an all-underground star collaboration featuring among others Chris Corsano, Dredd Foole, Ben Chasney, PG Six, Cynthia Meadows and Matt Valentine.

"Gold Cosmos" is a stunning work, away from conventional folk structures with an archaic twist that sounds unmistakably cosmic. Built primarily of layers of acoustic guitar teased with other instrumentation, it starts from a clear Bernt Jansch influence to gradually mutate towards this religious feel of ecstatic delieverance found in mid 70ies POPOL VUH albums. Joshua uses his voice infrequently and rather as a backing instrument than a focal point. There is also a heavy TOWER RECORDINGS influence on the irregular repetitive patterns that are often punctuated by odd vocal samples, bells, harp, or quietly laid percussion.
A masterpiece of mantric quality!

Get it here.


Anonymous said...

this is gorgeous, would love to hear his other solo work...

Eric P said...

yeah me too, I like this very much so I'm interested in how his other work sounds like.