Dylan Golden Aycock’s 2016 effort, Church of the Level Track, earned deserved plaudits, so we were extra-excited to see him on this Avant Ghetto Presents bill at the end of last year to share his music with us. To quote NPR’s Lars Gotrich, who said it best: “Dylan Golden Aycock’s lineage is clear: the fingerpicked blues of John Fahey, the swirling compositions of Robbie Basho and the outward-looking Americana of Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing and The Visitor. That’s not a bad crossroads to meet your demons at, especially when so much of what we call American Primitive now is in a state of transformation. Church Of Level Track kicks up dream dust in a positively lush collection of cosmic rags, ambient country tunes and steel-string ragas.”
Indeed, when you hear Aycock perform live, you’re captured by the distinctiveness of his style. It’s psychedelic in a way that many of his peers aren’t, but there’s also a disorienting but pleasing quality to it beyond that that makes you sit up and pay attention. This set featured a number of Aycock’s new tunes, and “Red Oak Black” in particular was a standout, a pensive track that builds to a frenetic, captivating ending.
Aycock also helms a Tulsa-based label, Scissor Tail Editions, filled with like-minded artists and their work. We’d recommend you check that out as well.
I recorded this set with a soundboard feed and a pair of Schoeps MK4V mics right in front of Dylan. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
Thanks to Avant Ghetto Presents for inviting us to this show.
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Dylan Golden Aycock
Soundboard + Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KCY>Z-PFA>>Zoom F8>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (fades, align, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 Golden Bough>Set Adrift
02 Red Oak Black
03 Red Bud Valley II
05 Marked Tree
06 Lord it Over>Improv>Willow and the Dogwood