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Byron, Raymond

Bond Wire Cur [VINYL]

Byron, Raymond: Bond Wire Cur [VINYL] (ESP)

New Weird American Movement/Freak Folk singer/songwriter Raymond Byron Magic Raposa (Castanets, Raymond Byron and the White Freighter) writes in both an Americana style, and also in idiosyncratic, imaginative and unusual terms, using strong and unlikely images around ambiguous subjects that make his songs curiously repeatable, here in 20 succinct songs.

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product information:

UPC: 825481505116

Label: ESP
Catalog ID: ESPDISK 5051LP
Squidco Product Code: 31783

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Old Unconscious, in Portland, Oregon, by Cory Gray.


Raymond Byron-performer

Cory Gray-performer

Erik Clampitt-performer

Pony Domer-performer

Jason Stinson-performer

Lauren K. Newman-performer

Kimba Kuzas-performer

Ron Burns-performer

Paula Barry-performer

Coty Dolores Miranda-performer

Josh Cole

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Artist Biographies:

"In a two-decade career, Raymond Byron Magic Raposa has recorded six albums as Castanets, another as Raymond Byron and the White Freighter, and has worked with musicians ranging from Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), and Sufjan Stevens, to Liz Janes, Jana Hunter, Nathan Hubbard (Trummerflora, Cosmologic), and John McCauley (Deer Tick). Over the course of that time, his music has been called part of the new weird America movement, freak-folk, psychedelic folk, and indie folk."

-Squidco 11/16/2022

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Josh Cole is a Canadian bassist, composer and producer. He is known for the groups Ken Aldcroft's Threads (Quintet), The Brodie West Quintet and The October Trio.

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track listing:


1. How It Ends 1:12

2. Vaya 1:04

3. Paris Trout 1:49

4. Colima 1:43

5. There in the Loam 1:53

6. Polly 2:41

7. Emma 2:11

8. Cyclone Fence 1:06

9. No Joke 1:47

10. I Don't Captain 1:24

11. Gone Rider Spur 2:02


1. Polly 2 (Sparrow) 0:42

2. Old Unconscious 1:00

3. Benediction Mountain 1:47

4. Bond Wire Cur 5:06

5. Before What's Left of Our Minds Go 2:25

6. Yea That I Walk 1:43

7. Wings of a Dove 3:16

8. Lope 1:11

9. Next Trick 2:24
descriptions, reviews, &c.
Bond Wire Cur is as surreal and desolate and haunting as anything Raymond Byron has done. Collaborators on the album are many, yet the sound of the record is stripped-down and stark. It is a crucial chapter in his career and in ESP-Disk's Drive to Revive Weird Rock.QUOTES: "Strong and weird. Using ancient ingredients these little vignettes grow sneakily large and become some new kind of food. It's beautiful and Ray's finest record yet." - Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent) re: Bond Wire Cur"Raposa's skill as a singer and a lyricist are inextricably linked. His voice has a drifting, spectral quality that's perfectly suited to his overlapping images. Like John Ashbery, he's able to sustain pointed ambiguity for the duration of a composition, talking all around the thing without saying it." - Brian Howe, Pitchfork, re: Castanets' First Light's Freeze
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