Arbouretum: October 14, 2011 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

October 28, 2011

[Photos by acidjack]

Thrill Jockey’s band page for Arbouretum describes them as a “taper’s dream”, and they could well be right about that.  With open song structures, a hard-rocking, Southern-informed psych-rock sound an solid dose of showmanship, the band comes off a bit like an updated, thinking man’s version of bands like CCR and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and they play a hell of a good show that doesn’t belie that comparison.  The band took the stage behind a veil of smoke, launching into a brief psychedelic intro before hitting full stride on “False Spring” the leadoff track to their 2009 record, Song of the Pearl.  That led into “White Bird”, the sole song played from their latest Thrill Jockey release, The Gathering.  The musical virtuosity only went up from there, with “Down By the Fall Line” leading directly into “Mohammed’s Hex and Bounty” in a combined 17-minute piece that found the band in top form.  Frontman Dave Heumann puts a lot of thought into his dense, literary lyrics, and (somewhat unusually for an indie artist) actually sings them so you can hear them.  As audience members called out various rarities and covers throughout the set, the band finally obliged with a ripping version of CCR’s “Long As I Can See the Light.”

I recorded this set with my usual mounted setup of DPAs on the center post plus a soundboard feed from Josh, the head FOH engineer at Glasslands. The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “The White Bird”
[audio: The White Bird.mp3]

Stream “Long As I Can See the Light [Creedence Clearwater Revival]”
[audio: Long As I Can See the Light.mp3]

This recording is now available to download as FLAC or MP3 at [HERE].

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An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for

DPA 4021 (DFC, ORTF)>Sound Devices USBpre2+Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mixdown)>Audacity (tracking, set fades, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 59:22]
01 [intro]
02 False Spring
03 The White Bird
04 Down By the Fall Line>
05 Mohammed’s Hex and Bounty
06 Ghosts of Here and There
07 Song of the Nile
08 Long As I Can See the Light [Creedence Clearwater Revival]

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Arbouretum by visiting their MySpace page and purchasing their official releases directly from Thrill Jockey [HERE]

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4 Responses to Arbouretum: October 14, 2011 Glasslands – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

  1. dlz1965
    October 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Holy Shit!!! Another band new to me that are blisteringly good. You guys are on a roll after Eternal Tapestry so enormous thanks to all involved.

    I just discovered Arbouretum played ten miles from my house earlier this year in northern England and I sincerely hope they come back soon.

  2. dlz1965
    October 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Btw, track 7 is “Song of The Nile”

  3. Phil
    November 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Went to see these guys at the tail end of their last European tour (Brugge, Belgium). Their equipment was broke and busted (I was told) but they sounded superb, I had a great evening.

  4. langmick
    November 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks man, nice sound. Love these guys.

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