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Double CD Release Party at LPCA: Frankenpine and BIg Slyde
June 30, 2012
BluSeed Studios is proud to present Big Slyde and Frankenpine in a double-bill concert and CD release party! Libations provided by BluSeed Studios and sponsored in part by the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery.
Big Slyde is a boisterous blend of wild rootstock American music, grafted with ever evolving sonic explorations — creating harmonic soul-bluegrass, dissonant Americana rock, and raucous funk-folk. Although Big Slyde’s ever reaching branches may be genre defying, their roots are well established in acoustic traditions, producing musical fruit refreshingly complex in its depth and textures, yet sweetly familiar in its melodies and grooves.
Big Slyde’s new CD, “Honey Gold,” explores both gnarly roots and freshly unfurled leaves of sound. “Honey Gold” takes its name from a variety of American apple that is crisp and hardy, with just a kiss of honey. The album explores audible themes that are bright, punchy, and vigorously driving, along with those that are lustily melancholy and powerfully dark. Upon listening, there is a resonating sense of nostalgic sweetness, with a tinge of gritty sensuousness and unrestrained joy.
Frankenpine is a Brooklyn based string band mining the sounds of bluegrass, rock, folk and country to forge its own place in Americana and Roots music. The band’s sound is varied and vivid with the spirit of collaboration at its’ core. Four vocalists share leads and every instrument has it’s moment — a guitar solo lifts off from a banjo break and circles back around to slip beneath a fiddle line, the bass driving them all ever forward. Often the songs are written collectively, inspired by stories pulled from personal trials and long-gone history. Frankenpine works because, among the licks, harmonies and crescendos, there’s space for a good yarn.
With their new CD, “In That Black Sky,” Frankenpine explores fresh territory. A beautiful darkness looms on this record that develops not only in subject, but in harmonic sound and new instrumentation. But like the night sky, for which the album is named, there is a spaciousness in that darkness that lets the music breathe and sigh while still dreven by the same energy the group is known for. Ultimately, the haunting melodies and intimate voices shine through like starlight after a storm.
You won’t want to miss this show!