During times of great excess, self-indulgence and immorality, it is often the simplest things that satisfy the most. Luckily, the folks at Thrill Jockey know how to inflame that infinite listening joy by doing nothing more than releasing good music, time and time again. And inflame it they shall this August when the label issues a two-fer of that goodness from sound seers Glenn Jones and Alexander Tucker!
First up is a new record from old-time finger-picking virtuoso, Glenn Jones. Jones is a master at many things, guitar-speaking, but is unparalleled at the American Primitive style, pioneered by his friend and mentor John Fahey. As with his previous plates, The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar pays tribute to the AP style and to Fahey (the album’s title itself is a tribute) while showing Jones’ penchant for exploring new vistas in the 6- and 12-string guitar worlds.
The latest disc from Alexander Tucker, meanwhile, marks his solo set since 2012’s Third Mouth and sees the artist and songwriter getting better and better with every release. With guests Nik Void (NPVR, Carter Tutti Void) and his Grumbling Fur bandmate Daniel O’ Sullivan, Don’t Look Away is a beguiling next step in his simmering psych brew.
The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar is available to pre-order on CD, DL, LP and limited “frog green” colored vinyl here and Don’t Look Away can be had on CD, DL, LP and limited “Coke bottle clear” colored LP here. Listen to Jones’ “The Sunken Amusement Park” studio recording (rare, for him) and Tucker’s first-rate album opener “Objects” below. Both releases are due August 24.
Glenn Jones The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar tracklisting:
01. The Giant Who Ate Himself
02. Everything Ends
03. The Last Passenger Pigeon
04. The Was and the Is
05. A Different Kind of Christmas Carol
06. River in the Sky
07. From Frederick to Fredericksburg
08. Even the Snout and the Tail
09. Elliot Audrey, Born Today
10. The Sunken Amusement Park
Alexander Tucker Don’t Look Away tracklisting:
02. Sisters and Me
03. Visiting Again
04. Boys Names
05. The Saddest Summer 2
06. Ghost on the Ledge
07. Gloops Void (Give It Up)
08. Behind the Shoulder
09. A to Z
11. Yesterday’s Honey
Glenn Jones live: