I did say I was going to reach back to some not so recent releases this month, but today’s feature is actually one year old, and I wrote about it back then, too. I’m including it here because the folks at Post-Echo are offering a half-off deal for the anniversary–plus, it’s still a cool conceptual release and nothing like it has been done by anyone else around here, at least.
A project encompassing the creative contributions of nearly the entire Post-Echo collective of artists and collaborators- including Pan, Cancellieri, VYIE, Roomdance, JFS, Ramphastos, as well as many more- DRIFT is a story that twists themes of time, memories, and interstellar conflict into a mind-bending sci-fi narrative of kaleidoscopic illustrations.
Purchase your own copy of DRIFT and the soundtrack here.
Stream the soundtrack while experiencing the world of DRIFT at www.driftcomic.com…
One of the Post-Echo stable of artists based in Columbia, South Carolina but doing things far afield, Cancellieri is mostly Ryan Hutchens, sometimes with a band but always with a dreamlike, acoustic-based sound that’s less shoegaze than it is horizon-gazing, a forward-looking aural landscape with restless blues undercurrents that hint at deeper meanings and subtle contexts.
III is appropriately enough, Cancellieri’s third EP, a seventeen minute slice of the new weird Americana that can encompass the vaguely psychedelic trip “Storyteller” and the bare-bones basic acoustic “Shotgun Blues” with no apparent irony or self-consciousness.
There is a bare, naked appeal to these songs that’s based not in lo-fi hipsterism (because there are some serious production values on tracks such as “Western States”) but in the exposed, vulnerable voice of Ryan Hutchens. The CSN&Y “Helpless” takeoff of “Higher”, for example, sounds like Elliott Smith covering Neil Young, imparting feeling and nuanced lyricism to make technical prowess almost superfluous as the music floats past.
Cancellieri is headed out west and up north this month and next, with dates from Tennessee to Colorado, New York, and Vermont. For a full schedule see the Post-Echo site here.
Listen for yourself below, via SoundCloud: