Micah P. Hinson & T. Nicholas Phelps – Broken Arrows

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Released: may 18, 2015
First pressing: LIMITED EDITION OF 500 on white vinyl (SOLD OUT)
Second pressing: LIMITED EDITION OF 500

Tracklist:

  1. Why Yes I Was Born Yesterday
  2. Looking Outside
  3. In The Making
  4. The Oregon Vortex
  5. Chinatown
  6. Whilst Rabbit Run
  7. I Sleep Tonight (duet)
  8. The Downside
  9. A Pleasure To Burn

After his fifth studio album ‘Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing’ (Talitres, 2014), Micah P. Hinson comes back with an intense, almost entirely instrumental “psych-western” recording. ‘Broken Arrows’ has been released on June 30 via Bronson Recordings, a small label specialized in limited edition vinyl recordings (Steve Wynn, Dirty Beaches, Pontiak, Ronin, The Vacant Lots) Hinson and the label owners Bronson Produzioni have a long-time friendship. He has played several times in Ravenna where the group run three different live venues (Bronson club, Hana-Bi Beach and Fargo Café) and promote some of the most important festivals in Italy, such as Beaches Brew and Transmissions’ festival. The Texas-based Americana folksinger decided to pay tribute to his Italian passionate friends with this exclusive 12” written, arranged and recorded together with his close friend and collaborator T. Nicholas Phelps in Abilene, Austin and Baltimore. The album is composed of nine tracks (the only ‘I Sleep Tonight” has vocals) where Micah’s harsh baritone voice makes way for unusual fuzzy and thunderous suites (‘Why Yes, I Was Born Yesterday’, ‘Whilst Rabbit Run’, ‘Chinatown’), appealing western glimpses (‘Looking Outside’, ‘The Oregon Vortex’, ‘The Downside’) and narrative moments evoking comparisons to The Black Heart Procession, as well to Neutral Milk Hotel and other Elephant 6 early recordings.

Micah P. Hinson è passato più volte da Ravenna tra Hana-Bi, Bronson e Fargo ed è diventato uno degli artisti più legati alla storia di Bronson Produzioni. Il tormentato folksinger texano ha deciso di rendere omaggio a questa amicizia ormai consolidata, con un disco di inediti. “Broken Arrows”, in uscita in 12” il 18 maggio per Bronson Recordings, è stato registrato, scritto e arrangiato con il collaboratore di lunga data T. Nicholas Phelps tra Abilene e Austin (Texas), Baltimora e New York City. Il mastering e il mixaggio sono stati ultimati invece al The Studio of The Republic di Denison, sempre in Texas.
“Broken Arrows” ci offre un ritratto di Micah P. Hinson molto inusuale e inedito, rispetto al peculiare folk legato alle tradizioni blues e Americana. Nove tracce, di cui solo una cantata (“I Sleep Tonight (duet)” ) e otto strumentali tra tempestosi squarci lo-fi di scuola Elephant 6, suite folk con quei tratti noir cari a The Black Heart Procession, momenti cinematografici à la Calexico e suggestivi scenari desert.