Looking back through my e-mail exchange with Sparkling Wide Pressure I have to shudder a bit at the sheer amount of exclamation marks I ended every sentence with. "Wow!! Thanks!!! This is great!!!!". Every sentence had a two exclamation mark minimum. Needless to say Heligator is pretty excited to be releasing something from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee musician Frank Baugh.
Live at Trumpeter's Palace was recorded live with a few overdubs thrown in later. The result are two tracks of something akin to watching live surgery. After careful diagnoses the rest is as much as carrying out a careful plan as it is responding to changing variables, improvising your way out of unexpected jams and keeping the patient alive while not killing them is like so many spinning plates. I wouldn't really know. I'm not a doctor. But what I do know is that listening to these tracks is watching/hearing a master work. It is a peek into the brain and heart of musician who's approach to creating music isn't a linear, additive process but a continual conversation between himself and the infinite possibilities of the analog/digital cave of wonders.
At the end, these tracks come down to decision. Un-field tested, un-focused grouped, un-AR'd, perhaps even un-thought until their inception. The result is an EP full of intentional beauty that surprise and thrill on every new listen.
Speaking of good decisions...ahem...
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