“Advice to Hill Walkers”, the second full-length album by Swedish musical explorer E GONE, appeared just briefly on cassette in 2015 via the Zeon Lights label, garnering high praise from the small circle of tuned-in antennae that caught the transmission; one reviewer called it “the best E GONE release to date … a mix of traditional instruments with digital technology creating a rich blend of bubbling electronica and Eastern flavours.” Musically, it’s a stunner: An all-instrumental travelogue of an upward trek through a rugged landscape (as literal or metaphorical as you’d like), twelve station points mapped out across endlessly varied ethno-electro-psychedelic terrain. For this new CD edition, Sunrise Ocean Bender and Deep Water have combined resources to give the album the deluxe upgrade it deserves in both sound and packaging, with expanded (two additional tracks) and reworked (remixed and remastered) audio, all housed in a gorgeous Stumptown-printed cover with a foldout poster insert.
Available as a download.
UK friends: Dayz of Purple will be getting copies of “Advice to Hill Walkers.” Please check with DOP for availability.
Songs and recording by Daniel Westerlund at Suite Noah and The Salt Vault 2014-2015.
“You Don’t Know It yet but We Are Losing You” is based on the Syrian traditional “Ya Bent Ehkimini.”
Mixed by Daniel Westerlund.
Mastered by Kevin Moist.
Design by Kevin McFadin.
☆☆☆☆ | “…exists at the convergence point between psychedelia and various ethno-traditional forms of music. Through the skillful juxtapositions of instruments such as banjo, bouzouki and sitar, we seem to be in multiple times and locations at once. … melodic motifs galore here, with each song a densely-packed miniature bursting with detail: ‘Mark The Spot Where You Leave The Injured’ is a sinister sea shanty from the Indian Ocean; ‘Build Your Camp Out Of Alpine Moss’ is a lonesome mountain blues against a hailstorm of synth; ‘Fast Before Stalker Season’ is hypnotic electro dub at a Syrian wedding. This is a gem of an album, mysterious, entrancing and fun.”—Shindig! Magazine
“ … this record is the nuts, a really good dollop of space rock, bits of hauntology, lots of good eastern motifs, a touch of knotty prog, a bit of dub, cheesy organ and lots of great percussion. One song can encompass a bit of Martin Denny exotica mixed with a bit of surf rock space rock, another may have space whispering and big squelchy beats with bazooki. … It shouldn’t work but it does and in style … Highly recommended.”—The Terrascope
“"Advice to Hill Walkers" sounds like an artifact, uncovered in some far-off and forgotten land, like a nomadic people lost in the skies. Instrumental, eclectic, and lush, E Gone’s music nods Eastward, upward, inward and just beyond the canny.”—The Active Listener
“The lavishly-packaged CD release for an album first released last year on cassette only, Advice to Hill Walkers is the kind of album which, if you came across it unknown and unaware, you’d peg as a lost treasure of the early 70s, a folk rock instrumental set that glances in a dozen geographical directions, while conjuring an atmosphere that is wholly its own. And just happens to deploy a bunch of sounds that had yet to be invented back then.”—Goldmine Magazine
“ … melds together various musical stylings including electronica, psych, post rock, oriental, dub, raga, ambient and folk to create a stunning cacophony of mesmerizing soundscapes. … The albums penultimate track entitled ‘Continue Ascent While Blindfolded’ reverberates on a jangling guitar strum before organ stabs, light clavichord progressions underscored with sampled whirls & bleeps reminiscent to that of a dastardly ‘horror film’ merry-go-round scarily crawls into play! … another wonderful collection of tracks created from the mind of Daniel Westerlund …” — Primal Music
“In a parallel universe, E GONE’s fellow country folk Goat have dropped the masks and the female singers and gone acoustic … the whirling ‘Record The Humming Of Melodious Caves’, layers guitar, banjo, electronics and percussion in a shamanistic African ritual via Stockholm … The record closes with the epic ‘Reach The Summit, Egg!’ which pulls together all the strands and influences on the album to create one massive 10 minute psychedelic whirl of a track with an extended drone out to finish which is a total mind-blower.””—Thee Psychedelicatessen
Thoughts & words for the Zeon Lights edition …
“ … (a) conceptual piece of work from a stylistic genius who has a genuine feel for experimental music that eschews the more discordant, abrasive aspect that the word experimental sometimes portrays, instead focusing on the juxtaposition of ideas and instrumentation to achieve an opus that challenges whilst maintaining a level of beauty and charm”—Dayz of Purple & Orange
“ … ‘useful advice’, comes in the shape of 10 track titles adopting the darkly comedic tone, of early 70’s Public Information Films. … a series of resolutely short vignettes, it’s staged ascents and descents, splicing nimble footholds, skilfully traversing crevasses and death zones, E Gone triumphantly peaking.”—Chromaticism
“‘Advice to Hill Walkers’ has the demeanour of PiL’s ‘Metal Box’ gazed at through a circus hall of mirrors. The album is evil and brooding and yet rippled with subtle flavours of psych like the darkest of dark chocolate."—Colourhorizon
“Eclectic is a word that gets used a lot in relation to E Gone. And eclectic it certainly is, but the ingredients are skillfully blended and the results cohesive. At times joyous, at times dark, ‘Advice to Hill Walkers’ is impossible to pigeonhole, but no less effective for that.”—Giant Poisoned Electric Heads
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