Pullman - Turnstyles and Junkpiles

Pullman - Turnstyles and Junkpiles
Release Date:
August 11, 1998
Duration:
42:01
Artist:
Recording Date:
November, 1997
Recording Location:
At Home; Chicago, IL; Cool Blue Cave
Styles:
Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Instrumental Rock
Album:
Turnstyles and Junkpiles
Genre:

Pullman (Bundy K. Brown, Curtis Harvey, Doug McCombs and Chris Brokaw) let the music do the talking on this 14-track album of guitar instrumentals, recorded directly to two-track in Brown's Chicago loft with little editing or effects. The move toward a more organic sound is not entirely out of left field for these members of the Chicago post rock scene; Brown made no bones about nicking an Allman Brothers riff for the leadoff track on his 1996 Directions in Music album. Still, there are some surprising influences to be heard here, the most prominent of which is recently "rediscovered" guitarist John Fahey. Fahey's influence looms over nearly every track, particularly the warm, fingerpicked drone of Harvey's "Two Parts Water." But the more surprising, and most assuredly unintentional, link here is to Windham Hill Records veterans William Ackerman and Alex DeGrassi. Their deliberate, beautiful melodies and rich textures are evoked on "Gravenhurst" (with special guest David Pajo) and Brown's soft, 60-second "Sunday Morning Traffic," a perfect soundtrack for an AM spent in lovely dreams. Album closer, "With Hands," and "In a Box, Under the Bed" bridge the aforementioned Ackerman/DeGrassi trademarks with the repetition and fret sensibilities found on Jim O'Rourke's Bad Timing record. Highly recommended to fans of releases on Fahey's Revenant label or early Windham Hill solo guitar records, Turnstyles & Junkpiles is an honest tribute to some of the acoustic guitar's most important innovators. The fact that is was produced by four artists on the outskirts of conventional rock music makes it even more satisfying.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
To Hold Down a Shadow / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman3:15
Barefoot / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman2:45
In a Box, Under the Bed / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman4:19
Sagamore Bridge / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman4:32
Gravenhurst / David PajoPullman feat: David Pajo3:24
Lyasnya / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman2:19
Two Parts Water / Curtis HarveyPullman feat: Curtis Harvey2:32
Beacon and Kent / Chris BrokawPullman feat: Chris Brokaw3:13
Deer Hill / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman3:18
So Breaks Yesterday / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman4:28
Fullerton / Douglas McCombsPullman feat: Douglas McCombs1:56
Sunday Morning Traffic / Bundy K. BrownPullman feat: Bundy K. Brown1:14
Tall Grass / Chris Brokaw / Bundy K. Brown / Curtis Harvey / Douglas McCombsPullman3:14
With Hands / Chris Brokaw / Curtis HarveyPullman feat: Chris Brokaw / Curtis Harvey1:32

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