Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Sonora Pine "The Sonora Pine" (Quarterstick Records, 1996)



Artist: The Sonora Pine
Album: "The Sonora Pine"
Release Date: 26 March, 1996
Label: Quarterstick Records
Genre: Post-Rock, Indie-Rock, Experimental-Rock, Math-Rock
Mood: Autumnal, Literate, Brooding, Suffocating
Reminds Of: Culs De Sac, Gastr Del Sol, Jim O' Rourke
What People Think: RYM
Definitely Worth Buying: NormanRecords, CdUniverse

Tracklist
1. Owl's Nest
2. Compass Lure
3. The Gin Mills
4. Hoya Carnosa
5. Goldmund
6. Ooltenah
7. The Hook
8. Rungs
9. A Couple Of Ones
10. One Ring Machine

Following the late-1994 dissolution of Louisville math rockers Rodan, bassist Tara Jane O'Neil moved to New York City and founded two separate bands: the rootsy indie pop duo Retsin (with Cynthia Nelson of Ruby Falls) and the more experimental Sonora Pine. O'Neil's chief collaborator in the Sonora Pine was guitarist Sean Meadows, a former member of Lungfish who'd also joined ex-Rodan guitarist Jeff Mueller's new band, June of 44. O'Neil and Meadows soon added improvisational violinist Samara Lubelski, and played a series of shows around New York. After a break to work on their other projects, the Sonora Pine reconvened in Louisville, this time with Rodan drummer Kevin Coultas in tow, and recorded a self-titled debut album that appeared on Quarterstick in 1996. Although the off-kilter sensibility of Rodan was present, the album had a much gentler chamber ambience and folk-pop influence; it also featured guest piano from Rachel Grimes of Rachel's, the post-rock chamber ensemble found by yet another ex-Rodanite, Jason Noble. Indeed, most critics placed the Sonora Pine's music in between the orchestrated sensibility of Rachel's and the angular math rock of Rodan and June of 44.

A great deal of guitar angularity is to be expected from any project involving former members of Rodan, but the Sonora Pine shoots straight past this -- the angularity is certainly delivered upon, but the band's connections to Rachel’s show themselves as well, in the form of lighter, string-augmented, and more orchestrated segments that offset the band's rock side perfectly. The Sonora Pine alternates between these two sides on a track-by-track basis, and the results are occasionally close to exquisite.

(source: AllMusicGuide)

“You might get an infection of depression (these hooks are hard to get rid of…)"

13 comments:

myrkursoli said...

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eric said...

This file has been removed. Is there another link? Thanks for all your uploads!

myrkursoli said...

The above link seems to be removed, thanx Eric for noticing. Here's a new one:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QI9LBN20

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Anonymous said...

dead link
Your blog is amazing! man.
Don't give up and if you can :
encode at 320k !

myrkursoli said...

Thank you, anonymous friend, for your kind words...Thanx for noticing the dead link...Wish I could upload all the albums at 320, but the thing is that I don't rip them myself...Luckily enough, most stuff here is 192 or higher, so I suppose that's a decent sound quality...

Here's a new link, get it while you can, dudes...:
http://www.mediafire.com/?9zjztguw5za

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L said...

THANKS so much for re-posting this yet again. Just discovered your blog, and a big fan of Tara Jane O'Neil. But never heard this record. Can't wait to explore more

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for this release, my friend. I've been trying to compile all the Louisville post-rock scene, and it is very difficult to come across, and it is some of my favorite music of all time. So thanks for another piece of the puzzle. Nice site, i'm finding out about some nice stuff here.
-sonicwarfare

Anonymous said...

any chance of a new link?

myrkursoli said...

Fresh link here, dudes:
http://sharebee.com/eca4d588

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Anonymous said...

I hate to do this to you, but the link once again seems to be broken. Thanks for all the great music. You're amazing.

myrkursoli said...

Thanx for all your comments, i won't be posting here another link for the sonora pine album, since it's being constantly deleted...
Anyone desperetaly needing the album, contact the blog using the contact button found on the right column under the FEEDBACK...
Thanx for the support...

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Anonymous said...

any chance to get new link??

Anonymous said...

any chance of a new link?