'La Strega And The Cunning Man In The Smoke' (2012)
Album: La Strega and the Cunning Man in the Smoke
Release date: 16th October 2012
Guitar: Dylan Carlson
Vocals: Teta Colamonaco
Guitar: Jodie Cox
Recorded & Mixed at Southern Studios - London, England - April 2012
Engineered by Harvey Birrell
Sigil designed by Battle of the Eyes
Photograph: Javier Villegas
1. La Strega And The Cunning Man In The Smoke
2.The Faery Round
4. Wicked Annabella
5. Night Comes In
6. Little Woman
7. Last Living Rose
Known as “the doom metal innovator” for fronting drone ambassadors Earth, Dylan Carlson now brings his solo career to our very own Latitudes series. Featuring artwork by Battle Of The Eyes and released in a limited run of hand numbered and hand packed green 180g vinyl and CDs (1000 of each).
Subsequent to his first release under the moniker of Drcarlsonalbion, the legendary Dylan Carlson visited Southern Studios to record an exclusive session amidst his spell in the UK researching folklore and faire folk of the British Isles. Drcarlsonalbion sees Carlson experimenting further with field recordings as he re-renders traditional folk as well as contemporary songs with his unique drone sound which has ever so long been allied to the mighty Earth. Joined by Teresa Colamonaco on vocals and Jodie Cox on guitar, the trio unite to bring a restrained majesty to the reworking of shared favorites, including Last Living Rose by PJ Harvey, resulting in an immensely special Latitudes release indeed.
Six covers/arrangements and one original composition recorded during his research into faire folk and collation of field recordings in the UK.
“The Cunning Man indeed. Dylan Carlson's lifelong devotion to the guitar tone has proved a fascinating journey for those of us who have followed along in his wake. From deep, downtuned drones to his sparse meticulous precision and melodic sense, his is seemingly the sound of Americana itself: a widescreen cinematica reverberating with melancholy.
Of late, Mr Carlson has followed his muse across the Atlantic to our Sceptered Isle, marrying his New World insight to our occult history, exploring our folklore and custom in the process. We knew that his first studio recording this side of the pond would be special, but with the addition of Teta Colamonaco's unadorned voice, the results are revelatory.”