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Baldwin, Nat


Baldwin, Nat : The Red Barn [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

A short book of fiction depicting dark scenes from the ambience of extraordinary normalcy, descriptive texts insinuating horror from everyday occurrence, written by double bassist Nat Baldwin and published by Calamari Press in 2017, here in an audio version of excerpts narrated by Baldwin himself, performing on double bass through two panned tracks of unusual improvisations.

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Label: Tripticks Tapes
Catalog ID: TTT018
Squidco Product Code: 32203

Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded in Greenfield, MA, on February 25th, 2022. Mastered by Weasel Walter.


Nat Baldwin-double bass, voice

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The Red Barn is a small book of short fiction originally released by Calamari Archive, Ink in 2017. The audio version was recorded 5 years later, co-released by Calamari and Tripticks Tapes. The recording features excerpts from the text, four of the longer stories, each alongside two panned tracks of double bass improvisations. All performances are first and only takes without edits."-Tripticks Tapes

"In The Red Barn, Nat Baldwin decomposes narrative's safe spaces. The symbols in the nightmare landscape are nothing other than themselves. Nails. Boards. Tubs. Chains. Buckets. Teeth. A story of boys is stripped sentence by sentence. What's left is the brutal music of language laid bare."-Joanna Ruocco

"The blades, the rust, the dirt, the mouth, the meat, the blood, the sun, the glass, the skin, the word, the lake, the graves; it's a pristine and elemental form of fiction that Nat Baldwin renders, distilling language and image to its most primal animation. Like seeing slides of color pass before your face in darkness. Like remembering how to read."-Blake Butler

"Nat's prose collects a menagerie of bones, hair, rot, maggots, voids, and father-objects. Think: ambient horror, which describes reality. I admire how sense arises from sound in Nat's work, and how this sense acts as both a noun (an intuitive awareness) and a verb (to perceive). In these stories, the abyss shines with dark light."-Claire Donato

Artist Biographies

Nathaniel Baldwin is a New York City double bassist, singer and songwriter. He studied with Anthony Braxton. He has released solo albums on the Peacock label, Western Vinyl, Broken Sparrow Records, Tripticks Tapes and Shinkoyo. He has been a member of the bands Dirty Projectors and Tiger Saw.

-Squidco 9/25/2023

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Track Listing:


1. The Red Barn 14:23

2. Let Me See the Colts 15:30


1. Rabbits Out Back In The Burn Pile 9:27

2. This Noise Does Not Stop 18:22

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