May 23, 2014

Dusty Stray: Family Album

Multi-intrumentalist Jonathan Brown carved his own niche with his Dusty Stray project. Brown has travelled far and wide before settling down in Amsterdam. Besides his main weapons of choice, guitar and banjo, he used a wide variety of instruments (raise your hand if you have heard of the bulbul tarang) on his new full-length Family Album, a collection of gentle freak folk songs with pretty dark lyrics.

His songs don't scratch at the surface, they pull you in. Brown is pied piper and a story teller. His tales may be pretty disconcerting sometimes - the howling infant in My Little Baby hammers home unpleasant truths, but he honours the tradition of the 20s and 30s when folk songs brought the news.

The album was mixed and mastered by Kramer (Low, Ween), who carefully balanced the tracks and delivered a crystal clear separation. Headphones recommended.

Family Album is released via Basta Music.

  1. Gone
  2. Drowning Horses
  3. Midwife
  4. Away
  5. Family Album
  6. In Albuquerque
  7. I Ran
  8. Strange Plane
  9. The Real Thing
  10. Heaven's Gate
  11. My Little Baby
  12. No One


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