Before E GONE, there was The Goner … SOB is thrilled to offer the earlier incarnation of Daniel Westerlund in the form of “Behold A New Traveler,” released by our friends at Deep Water Acres.
“‘Behold A New Traveler’ is the second Deep Water entry from Sweden’s The Goner (after ‘H.H.‘, last year’s 2-disc reissue of super-limited self-releases), and it marks a confident move forward on all fronts. In contrast to earlier work, most of the new Goner material is song-based (just a pair of instrumentals on hand here) and full-band powered, making for an album that’s both thematically unified and stylistically varied, from solo acoustic melancholy to wailing psych-rock. While it is still possible to draw lines from Behold… to the music of other contemporary folk-derived artists such as Six Organs of Admittance, Palace Brothers, and Stone Breath, at the same time the overall feel owes as much to Westerlund’s own cultural roots (recall that Sweden produced some legendary psychedelic rock & folk back in the 1970s), and the Goner’s creative voice continues to develop with a clarity of purpose that offers much and suggests more. Seven tracks, 37 minutes.”
Professionally pressed & printed CDR in heavyweight clear vinyl wallet with photo quality inlay and insert.
“…seven tumbling & loud loud acoustic-driven tales geyser’d forth from the pen and guitars of Swede Daniel Westerlund. Recorded deep in the heart of some Cretan antron by the sounds of it; this singular reverb pervades the entire record, lending, nay, endowing BEHOLD A NEW TRAVELLER with a hefty Post-Punkiness, a kind of Chills-like frosting that candy-coats each song. When the banjos plunk, the log drums clunk and the backporch harmonies yodel, the spectre of Stone Breath’s tiMOTHy is inevitably invoked. But there’s precious few others nowadays peddling such a rich and thorough Trip as the Revelator, so any artists daring to plough that same agri-furrow should be welcomed and shared around. Besides, the Goner’s Trip is entirely his own. It’s psychedelic, it’s glorious and – best of all – it’s useful.“—Julian Cope/Head Heritage
“The captivating nature of the music is that this may be folk-ish, but it’s not a dose of henna & real ale frippery, Westerlund’s is bold, dramatic and stylish. His vocals are soulful, cracked and intimate. Beautiful, inspiring music that makes you want to wrap your fur cloak around you, grab your battle-axe and head into the mists…”—Colourhorizon
”The first listen to any of Daniel Westerlund's releases always has the same result: it's always pleasurable with immediate effect; it always leaves a sort of eerie quirkiness that has you wondering what in the hell is going on in Westerlund's mind; and it always reassures you that the next few times the record gets a spin it's only going to get better. "Behold a new traveler" continues this particular aspect of The Goner's listening experience as unconventional vocals meet atmospheric, eccentric musical passages that interweave to create a truly captivating and addictive sound … The Goner has hit the nail firmly on the head.”—It's a Trap
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