RICHARD YOUNGS  |  River Through Howling Sky

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    Tracks

  1. Fountain of Light
  2. Blossom
  3. Sky Is Upon You
  4. Red Cloud Singular
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If the "musical" real number line is infinitely dense, then the most recent work of Richard Youngs endeavors to fill in all of the holes on it. River Through Howling Sky is Youngs' latest full-length. It returns to the more meditative and drone-y side of his songcraft (circa Sapphie (1998) and Making Paper (2001)), although this is no true devolution: all of his recordings to date have some measure of these qualities. So what is it that sets River Through Howling Sky apart from its predecessors? It is the density on the recording, both intraspatial and otherworldly. The howling guitar that points unerringly to some imagined horizon line. Throughout, Youngs is the calm and steady wolf, chanting odes to infinity. Expose the ancient Brotherhood of Pythagoras to River Through Howling Sky, and you would find knowing nods, pursed lips, and secret incantations in caves. An unwitting acceptance that not everything is rational or conceptually circumnavigatable. Our western tonal system relies on ratios, i.e. strings whacked at particular intervals. Young's howling guitar and circular chants - with the help of a spartan amount of percussion and electronics - may just encompass all the possible ratios and, mystically, more.

(JAG068 released: 03/16/04)

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