Laurel Premo - Golden Loam
Cat. no: LPSCD0211
Release Date: 11 Nov 2022
Laurel Premo’s latest solo work presents original and traditional music voiced on finger-style electric guitar and lap steel.
Perhaps by its most honest classification “roots guitar,” the sonic vocabulary of ‘Golden Loam’ is informed by guitar’s antecedents in American traditions - fiddle and banjo, the rhythms, melody and intonation therein, as well as that music’s relationship to movement. Glowing, droning, tugging, scraping, revolving, Premo bears renewed electric dirt, the golden loam layered by centuries of folk.
Following ‘The Iron Trios’ (2019), Premo’s sophomore release builds on the dark roots world she arranged, with seeking, untethered delivery and a masterful use of space, on a dynamic wave of warm, gritty sustain. Laurel’s vocals on two pieces “Hop High” and “I Am A Pilgrim” are traditional calls beaconing the guitar’s response, and fold in timberly like additional instrumental lines sustaining the drone.
‘Golden Loam’ was self produced and recorded during the pandemic lockdown of summer/fall 2020. The majority of the record is solo performance, but two featured collaborators are woven in to this embodied rhythmic collection. Percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (Michigan) appears on tracks 5 & 9, and bones player Eric Breton (Quebec) on track 3.
Laurel Premo is a Michigan-based artist who has been writing, arranging music and touring since 2009 with vocal and instrumental roots acts. She is internationally known from her duo Red Tail Ring.
Tracks: Calloway / On My Way To See Nancy / Jericho / Torbj rn Bjellands Bruremarsj / Hop High / Jake’s Got The Bellyache / I Am A Pilgrim / Ma’s Maw / Poor Little Mary Sitting In The Corner / Father Made Of River Mud
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