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Boomkat Product Review:
This is where it all began, Ben Chasny's journey into the hearts of psych-folk lovers everywhere was embarked upon here with his debut album on the excellent Holy Mountain label. Of course it is a long way from his later Drag City work - it was released way back in 1998 when the words psych and folk were still confined to cider-swilling record collectors based in a log cabin somewhere making sculptures from bails of hay, but it is without a doubt a breathtaking work, and gives us an insight into the beginnings of an artist who would go on to define the scene. There are countless styles explored on the record, from dark ambient drone to middle eastern psychedelia to straight up Takoma records inspired folk and everything is done with a virtuoso skill rarely seen in underground music. It was pretty obvious from back then I'm sure that Chasny would go on to bigger and brighter things, and indeed he has escaped from the small-scale appreciation achieved early on in his career and now has the attention of the Pitchfork-reading indie elite - and deservedly so. To hear experimental guitar music done right, you simply need to go back and explore every album Ben Chasny has put his name to, and this is another essential re-release.