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"At its heart, Lashing the Rye (Neurot, 2005) is an English folk record. However, it severely warps Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span with fuzzed-out drones and electric guitars. “Scarborough Fair” becomes a dense storm of wah and tremolo; “Sheep Crook and Black Dog” runs ghostly singing through twisting filters, then drops into rippling, Edge-esque echoes. Bagpipes, cello, and female vocals (in “Surround Me,” Erika Little suggests PJ Harvey minus cigarettes) enrich this stew. The result is psychedelic, almost bluesy – Charlie Sexton’s Under the Wishing Tree comes to mind.
While not metal per se, Harvestman taps into the same dark veins that have run in music since its beginning." - invisibleoranges.com
released November 1, 2005
Steve Von Till - electric and acoustic guitars, sythesizers, manipulation, filters, e-bow, bowed guitar, piano, reverbs, feedback, delays, loops, and distortion
Erika Little - voice on tracks 8 & 11
Dave Clark - bass on track 8, ARP on track 9
John Goff - bagpipes on tracks 3 & 12
Kris Force, Jackie Gratz, & Martha Burns - strings on track 11
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, & 9 written by Steve Von Till.
Track 11 lyrics by Erika Little, music & narration by Steve Von Till
Tracks 3, 6, 10, & 12: traditional bagpipe songs
Track 4: traditional (inspired by John Renbourn's version from 1970)
Track 8: traditional (inspired by Steeleye Span's version from 1972)
Track 9: traditional (inspired by Bert Jansch's version from 1966; contains a brief sample of his voice from the original, "Jack Orion he swore a bloody oath by oak, ash and thorn.")
Recorded and mixed by Steve Von Till at The Crows Nest, North Idaho.
Additional recording by Dave Clark.
Mastered by Dave Ed at The Orgone Factory.
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