Fine exercise in acoustic guitar styles/production here, six tracks taking various tacks from classic fingerpicking to American Primitive to collaborations and less-crisp production. A good late night listen.
Favorite track: B2 Red Dirt Ramble.
The first edition was limited to just 14 hand numbered lathe cut X-Rays housed in laser cut (Rib Cage Design) Jackets with Letterpressed Inserts.
Cut onto the original X-Ray's from my fathers heart attack on Valentines Day 2012"
The Second edition was on black vinyl. 225 copies.
spontaneous 6 & 12 string guitar recordings.
"Vinyl Reissue of Dylan Golden Aycocks quickly sold-out limited Lathe cut X-ray 12" from last year 'Rise & Shine'. The second edition is equally unique in that each cover was hand painted, screen printed, and letter pressed by Dylan at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma." 225 hand numbered copies on black 180g vinyl."
The title of the LP by Dylan Golden Aycock is most likely a reference to Dylan’s father triumphtant recovery from the heart attack he suffered in 2011. “Rise and Shine" is a collection of improvised American primitive compositions for both 6 and 12 string guitar Dylan recorded while his dad was recovering from the unfortunate condition he suffered on Valentine’s Day 2011. Composed primarily as a way of passing time and channeling emotion conected to that event, Aycock managed to infuse the tracks with earnesty & honesty that seems to go unnoticed in today’s computerized and desentized world.
The tracks differ in quality, the album seems like a collection of sudden outbursts of creative energy recorded mostly on the go - some are studio-quality in execution, others are covered with a fine coat of lo-fi distortion which make the record sound like a compilation of old, forgotten songs. Aycock, similarly to another young primitivism hero Daniel Bachman, looks back into the heydays of both acousitc guitar bards and early blues shamans as well as 60’s experimentators, who fused traditionally American styles with a bit of Eastern exotica. The compositions are simple, almost minimalistic in approach, often leaving a lot of space for the listener to reflect and to strenghten the impact (like on the opening, almost arcane “Summon Up the Blood"). Dylan Golden Aycock cooks up a homegrown, friendly and completely grassroots American music, free of political babble, yet full of sensitivity and spiritual strength - not in a religious, devotional sense, but rather in a way of simply admiring the simple pleasantries of everyday life and man’s connection to the surrounding nature. -WEED TEMPLE
Aycock translates the modern musical traditions into the laguage of fingerpicked folk music with changing moods and approaches, the droning, heavy “Oozing of Faint Reflections" sounds like a dramatic Godspeed You! Black Emperor piece (or at least the opening fragment/interlude) compressed into one instrument, while the sombre “Leaning to the East" adds atmospheric violins into the mix, reinforcing the image of tradition and remembering the ancestors. “Rise and Shine" is yet another proof that the spirit of American folkers didn’t die out at all - it just got less poppy and less psychedelic, going instead for a more primitive, cinematic experience. -BOOMKAT