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HSAL #37 - "Deaf Sharp"

by honeybrandy

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition 12" copy of "Deaf Sharp" on VIRGIN BLACK VINYL (with digital copy that includes the bonus tracks) is paired with a special CD that contains all recorded honeybrandy material (as of June 2017). This is another hour of sounds tracked at Nathan's house by the duet with some guest spots from friends.

    Includes unlimited streaming of HSAL #37 - "Deaf Sharp" via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The digital copy of "Deaf Sharp" includes two additional tracks carved from the BIG EGO sessions, bringing the total playing time to nearly an hour of spacey improvisation!
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"Deaf Sharp" is the debut full-length from honeybrandy (Nathan McGlothlin & Joey Wright). The duo headed out to southern California to work with good buddy Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple, Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet). For the single-day session, Schlarb connected honeybrandy with a pair of phenomenal horn & reed players & even sat in on electric guitar for a portion of the time.

The ascent from radio static to full group engagement at the beginning of Side A ("Opportunity School") plays out like a retelling of early Godspeed You! Black Emperor. From there, organ & synth drones are paired with winding passages carved by lap steel, clarinet, sax, & trumpet. Additional layers meander near & far, with the result resembling a sonic tapestry more than a collection of songs. The album proper closes with a piece ("A Great Champion In Time Of Peril") that feels like a dream influenced by Sean Callery's score to "Homeland".

Described by Kris Tiner (trumpet) as "weightless, effortless, sensitive and transcendent music", this LP showcases a group of musicians working towards a sound that is greater than the sum of its parts.

"honeybrandy creates in "Deaf Sharp" an environment of sound that is bucolic in nature, reminiscent of traveling in the country side by night train. The mixing of atonal trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone throughout with the occasional beautiful melodies of a penny whistle (of all things!) expressed a sentiment of noir, feeling darkly cinematic in nature."
- Ben Mauch


released September 29, 2017

produced by Chris Schlarb & honeybrandy
engineered by Devin O’Brien
recorded & mixed at Big Ego, Long Beach CA, November 2016
mastered by Aron Sanchez at Polyphonic Workshop, Hudson NY, January 2017

Side A (tracks 1, 2, 5) performed by Joey Wright, Nathan McGlothlin, Phillip Greenlief, & Kris Tiner
Side B (tracks 3, 4, 6) performed by Joey Wright, Nathan McGlothlin, Phillip Greenlief, Kris Tiner, & Chris Schlarb

Jacket art created by Harding Street Assembly Lab
Photos captured by Devin O’Brien & Joanna McGlothlin


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