John Bellows: L O N G EP tape (Planted Tapes, 2016)

March 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

John Bellows: L O N G EP tape

John Bellows: L O N G EP tape

This EP is long enough to be an album, really. 4 of the 7 songs here are around 5 minutes or longer, and they’re carefully composed and wordy. The cassette even comes with a lengthy foldout lyric sheet, which I haven’t seen since before I switched to CDs sometime in the mid ’90s. These songs are far more serious than Bellows’ earlier material, dealing stark narratives of isolation and uncertainty. The music ranges from cello, drum and guitar arrangements to just Bellows stomping on the floorboards during “Aimless Road”. This is not an easy, pleasant listen, and it sounds like a direct transmission from a hard life full of loss and disillusionment. Proceed with caution.

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