Saturday, 4 March 2017

winebox30 – Matt Lajoie 'The Accidental Eye' C45

Perhaps better known by a few solo aliases (Cursillistas, Endless Caverns) and as a driving force behind the psych-rock power trio Herbcraft, this is – to the best of my knowledge – Mr Lajoie's second full-length solo release under his own name. The first, a very beautiful cassette on the very fine label Cabin Floor Esoterica, was a quietly blazing side of whirring after-hours guitar mono-/dialogue, with a distinct melodic clarity peeking through the thick fug of deep tremolo and heavy phasing. The material here inhabits a few different zones: the swirling title track moves from textural string-based overtonal drone to an ecstatic Vibracathedral/VU movement-in-stasis moment of climax, while much of the rest of the first side combines free blues playing with an 'Eastern' focus on drone strings. Mr Lajoie is a collaborator/peer of MV & EE and his music is often possessed of a similar spirit in terms of its blasted take on pre-war blues. Some of the slide guitar material on the second side here, however, is pure languid back-porch starkness...not sure if the dog I hear barking is here or there but it's welcome to howl along in any case.

Limited edition of 47 copies from a telephone stand/cabinet, broken down and reconstructed as single cassette-sized boxes with snugly fitting lids, with screenprinted covers and inserts – £10 plus postage (£3.50 UK/£4.50 Europe/£6 World). Also available as a standard cassette on Early Music (EM03) with risograph-printed covers and screenprinted inserts for £5 plus postage (£1/£3/£4), by email or eventually from