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Guest Mixtape: Two Medicine (Bella Union)

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To celebrate the release of Midlake bassist Paul Alexander’s debut solo album (under his Two Medicine pseudonym), the U.S. songwriter and musician compiles a stunning hour-long mix merging pop, tropicalia, folk, krautrock, and psychedelic spheres of enchanting sounds. Having played a key creative role in the recording of John’s Grant’s new album, Love Is Magic, Alexander will be joining his labelmate on his European tour this Autumn. Two Medicine’s debut record ‘Astropsychosis’ is out now on Bella Union.

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Last month saw the eagerly awaited debut solo album from Midlake bassist Paul Alexander. Under his Two Medicine moniker, Alexander crafts immaculate psych pop odysseys that navigate the hidden depths of the human heart. In a similar fashion to his Denton prog folk outfit of Midlake, Two Medicine’s songbook is at once wholly familiar and mysteriously unknown: sparse folk songs drift across the ether of Laurel Canyon and divine pop spheres dissolve across vast skies of Beach Boys grandeur. Like any remarkable record, the sounds captured on tape somehow permeates deep and far: forever delivering new meaning and rare significance.

As Paul explains, one key to its secrets lies in the project name’s nod to a national park in Montana:

“Two Medicine is a majestic place, without spoil. The land was ceded to the nation by the Blackfeet tribe. They were likely coerced into the deal, like most of the tribes who gave away their land. It is wild, humbling and probably collateral for the nation’s debt, where an inevitable capitulation looms. Beyond its geographical location, to me, the name Two Medicine represents a summation of this irony, whether created or inherited by the people of the United States.”

The stunningly beautiful lament ‘tmrw’ traces the lineage of those early 70’s folk masterworks of Vashti Bunyan or Bert Jansch. On the opening verse, Alexander sings “I got a call today/It’s curtains for the sparrow” beneath a soft strum of acoustic guitar. Quiet solace surrounds the melancholic shades of the fading dusk light.

The album’s title-track conveys the luminous space and artistic brilliance of Two Medicine’s debut full-length with reverb-laden piano notes and dazzling rhythmic pulses (akin to the era of The Band’s timeless ‘Music From The Big Pink’ LP). Alexander’s solo journey has only just begun.

 

Two Medicine – Fractured Air Mix – December 2018

01. Isao Tomita“Passepied – Suite Bergamasque, No.4” [RCA]
02. David Shire“Orange Light” [La-La Land Records]
03. The Magnetic Fields“Epitaph for My Heart” [Domino / Merge]
04. George Jones“The Race is On” [United Artists]
05. The Flying Burrito Brothers“Sin City” [A&M]
06. The Byrds“You Ain’t Going Nowhere” [Columbia / CBS]
07. Caribou“Melody Day” [City Slang / Merge]
08. Amon Düül II“Cerberus” [Liberty]
09. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard “Melting” [Heavenly Recordings]
10. The Valerie Project“Grandmother” [Drag City / Twisted Nerve]
11. The Incredible String Band“The Water Song” [Elektra]
12. Os Mutantes “A Minha Menina” [Polydor]
13. Novos Baianos“Brasil Pandeiro” [Som Livre, Mr Bongo]
14. Tinariwen“Mano Dayak” [Independiente]
15. Department Of Eagles“Phantom Other” [4AD]
16. The Cure“Plainsong” [Fiction]

‘Astropsychosis’ is out now on Bella Union.

http://twomedicineband.com/
http://bellaunion.com/

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December 17, 2018 at 12:27 pm

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