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John Davis
The Gold Hooped Nature

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'The Gold Hooped Nature' is the debut long player by California dreamer John Davis. Picking up where his 3" CD-R 'At Home And Afeild' left off, this disc is a scenic set of audio drift that easily zigzags dense passages of analog crunch as well as blank vistas of crystalline tones via guitars, found sounds, contact microphones, tape speed oscillations, field recordings and a small battery of effects. John's study as a Filmmaker & Photographer definitely plays some roll here, with any number of landscapes (real or imagined, inner or outer) being brought to mind. Way less head than heart though, with plenty of these tracks dipped in a romantic glaze that betrays any tendency to over conceptualize drone / ambient / whatever music. It's more wide-eyed sunset, lost west coast stargazing than that. And we suspect the endless Midwest horizons of John's youth are in there as well.