Idyll Swords were a trio of guitarists based in Chapel Hill, NC and New York. Dave Brylsawski (Polvo, Black Taj), Grant Tennille (Black Taj), and Chuck Johnson (Spatula, Shark Quest) formed the project in 1997 as an outlet for their interest in acoustic folk music and stringed instruments collected during their travels in the Middle East and Asia. Idyll Swords made one of their few live appearances at the Transmissions oo3 festival in 2000. "Idyll Swords III" was a part of the "Purposeful Availment" subscription CD series and one of the band members calls it "their most cohesive work."
Three Lobed Recordings is a boutique record label that specializes in small print-run releases that cover all flavors of psychedelia. The label was started in 2000 and is largely operated by four cats.