Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas

by Buck Curran

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Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas by Buck Curran.
recorded between June 5th and August 4th, 2017, Bergamo, Italy.
Dedicated to my children Shylah, Liam, and Francesco
Taurus is dedicated to Peter Green

Reviews

A new album of lovingly built acoustic guitar soli/incantations/haikus by Buck Curran, perfect for sunrises, sunsets, & other moments of pause.
- Jesse Jarnow
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Guitarist Buck Curran, has woven his way deep into the folk and psych-folk worlds over the past decade. He’s best known for his work with Arborea, but just as instrumental is his organizing of the compilation Leaves of Life which included Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler and Alela Diane, and two Robbie Basho tributes that have helped to shed light on the vital artist in the past few years. He’s also given new life to live Basho recordings via his imprint Obsolete Recordings this year. In 2016 he broke out from Arborea to play solo works, though they leaned harder on the psych than the folk element. On his second solo outing he fully embraces his acoustic persona, drawing from a well of Takoma ‘60s and ‘70s inspirations, especially on the first side that plays out the full extent of the Afternoon Ragas referenced in the album’s title.

He blends the wandering psych troubadour influences and mournful guitar divinations with some electric rumble as the record ekes into the second side, and though Curran still pulls stark sadness from the strings he marries his fingerpicked heartache to a spectral blues form on “Taurus.” The clouds part on the wistful “Dirt Floor,” in no small part due to the lilting vocals from Adele Papparlardo. She injects bit of sun to the album’s largely overcast emotions, though it’s easy to see how someone invested in Basho’s legacy would run a thread of somber sincerity through their own works. A lovely collection for those interested in the aforementioned Takoma period or latter-day pickers like Chasney, Bishop or Rose. Curran’s crafted a record that easily slots itself on the shelf next to any of those three.
- Raven Sings The Blues
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Masterfully spacious, deceptively simple sounding #primitive #guitar from Buck Curran on Obsolete Recordings as the expertly measured, #micro #dosed, #Americana & #folk #fingering breathes easily and encourages your thoughts to fill the gaps.
- The Slow Music Movement
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The new record of solo guitar music from Buck Curran is called Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas and no words I could write could improve on such a poetic description of such poetic acoustic music. This is daytime guitar for early risers and daydreamers and those who just need a pause. Seventeen tracks of pure guitar music, some short improvisations interspersed with Curran’s compositions, lovingly crafted and beautifully delivered, the album is a single meditation. I think you’ll dig it.
- Aaron Stein/JamBase

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released March 23, 2018

Buck Curran - Acoustic Guitar
(c) 2018 Obsolete Recordings (p) 2018 Arborea Music
Vinyl & CD edition exclusively licensed to ESP-Disk' 2018
Mastered by Harris Newman @ Grey Market Mastering

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Obsolete Recordings

Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran (of the duo Arborea). Since 2005, Buck has recorded and performed around the World as one half of the alt-folk duo Arborea who has released five albums, and produced two various- artist compilations (Leaves of Life: a benefit for the World Food Program and We Are All One, In the Sun: a tribute to Robbie Basho. ... more

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