Bruce Langhorne - The Hired Hand OST LP
Label: Scissor Tail
We weren't really sure what to expect with this one. A lost soundtrack from 1971 to a movie none of us had ever heard of, directed by and starring Peter Fonda. The second we threw it on, we knew this was it! A dark and languorous abstract country psych-folk gem. Hearing this for the first time, you'd be forgiven for guessing it was Scott Tuma, Souled American, Califone, Golden Hotel, Thuja, Woven Hand or some totally obscure cd-r on some little tiny label from some mysterious band of psychedelic country folk minstrels. Slow and mournful, delicate and dreamy, acoustic guitars, farfisa organs, harmonicas and an echoplex. Spare and skeletal, mini epics of melancholic twang. Imagine if Sergio Leone had Ennio Morricone assemble a band cobbled together from members of the Jewelled Antler Collective, No Neck Blues Band and Souled American to score one of his Westerns. Definitely recommended if you dig any of the folks mentioned above, especially Morricone.