CHUCK JOHNSON - THE CINDER GROVE [CD]
Cat. no: GBCD106
Release Date: 12th February 2021
The follow-up to Johnson’s lauded Balsams album, The Cinder Grove delves further into the compositional possibilities of the pedal steel guitar.
This halcyon collection of tracks draws on a wider palette of sounds, adding strings and piano, to dive deeper into the sound bath of Johnson’s meditative music. The Cinder Grove is a profound, affecting statement on the nature of loss and irreplaceability as well as a major addition to the canon of Johnson’s increasingly seminal work.
“(Johnson) creates a kind of country post-rock. It feels like a universe unto itself.” – Pitchfork
”Hints of Reichian minimalism, spacey Tangerine Dream kosmische, Eno-esque ambience and hypnotic New Age.” – Uncut
The rise of ambient country...(Johnson’s) a part of a new crop of artists who emphasize abstract expression over linear narrative and conventional structures...a legacy that joins the dots between country and post-rock, experimental music and world-class pedal steel.” -- The Guardian
“Chuck Johnson is a pedal-steel guitarist who embraces the liquid, oceanic possibilities of his chosen instrument On The Cinder Grove he has a simple, yet profoundly effective modus operandi - setting streams of notes afloat and listening for the way their resonances commingle with strings and piano (the latter played beautifully here by Sarah Davachi).” 9/10 Uncut
Plays and support from Jazz FM Jez Nelson; Gideon Coe on BBC Radio 6 Music; Morning Glory on Soho Radio (with James Endeacott)
Raz-de-Maree / Serotiny / Constellation / Red Branch Bell / The Laurel