I read about this album on Nerve Salad. Gave it a listen and I was hooked from the first note. Love this band! Can't wait to dig into their other records. Thanks for the amazing tunes Sugarfoot!
Favorite track: In the Clearing.
THE most anticipated album of the year for me. Brilliant... just brilliant. I scream the name of Sugarfoot on the tops of mountains and bluffs, in hopes that all of the world will come to know them. Make no mistake, there is no band in the universe that comes close to this. I'm as die-hard as they come... nervesalad.blogspot.com/2019/06/sugarfoot-in-clearing.html
Note aug.13,2019: Second pressing is now available at Crispin Glover Records after the first edition sold out fast.
Clearing the Air
For their new album, Sugarfoot left the high desert of Joshua Tree behind, in favor of an old barn in the French countryside; Studio Black Box, in Noyant-la-Gravoyère. With distractions and diversions limited to what such bucolic isolation might offer, the band has emerged with a meticulously crafted suite of songs that somehow feel both intimate and epic.
It’s a shimmery, slippery sort of album, smartly uncoiling and revealing itself like a summer breeze, and making it all seem rather effortless – which in no small part should be credited to producer Lars Horntveth.
Elements in the production, arrangements, instrumentation, and lyrics themselves might suggest several nods to a certain summer of love we may or may not have imagined took place once. But instead of an exercise in mere nostalgia, “In The Clearing” instead suggests a sense of violent, turbulent spring. Anchoring the album is a sense of resolve, however hard fought and hard won, which is no small matter or accomplishment in these strange, dark days we find ourselves living right now.
Further helping to make “In The Clearing” an irresistible acquisition is the elaborate packaging, centering on a cover designed by Andrew Swainson, whose previous credits include XTC, Andy Partridge, and Dead Can Dance. Even by the extravagant and occasionally deranged standards of Crispin Glover Records, this one truly stands out – as befits the liquid musical mercury within.
released June 7, 2019
Recorded at Studio Black Box, Noyant-la-Gravoyère, France, 26 May – 02 June 2018
Overdubs at Supersound Studio, Trondheim & Pooka studio, Oslo
All arrangements by Lars Horntveth and Sugarfoot
Produced by Lars Horntveth
Engineered by Peter Deimel
Mixed by Matias Tellez and Lars Horntveth at Blanca Studio, Bergen
Mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studio, Trondheim
Cover design and layout by Andrew Swainson
Sugarfoot is a band project formed by long-time musical partners Øyvind Holm & Hogne Galåen. After four
albums of 60s influenced psych pop together in the band Deleted Waveform Gatherings, they both felt an urge to step aside for a moment to explore their common love for folk-rock and country music....more
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Likely one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. A real shame I hadn't found this earlier. While their earlier albums are a little more on the shoegazey side, this album comes full circle and makes way for the Shades... Total brilliance, and firmly in amongst my favorite albums ever. Not a single dull moment anywhere. Nerve Salad