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by Daniel Bachman

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Lou Daniel Bachman is a truly unique player in the American Primitive canon. This album is his most focused and fulfilling. Favorite track: Won't You Cross Over To That Other Shore.
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Levrikon Absolutely astounding solo acoustic guitar. Bachman is an absolute genius from the first minute, and 'Won't You Cross Over to That Other Side' has to be one of the most impressive examples of guitar virtuosity I've ever heard, and the rest of the record just backs up that virtuosity. Favorite track: Won't You Cross Over To That Other Shore.
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Jeremiah This guy is a virtuoso and probably the best "traditional" american primitive player today. While he's been releasing great albums for years now, this one does feel like something special - an artist at the height of their craft. Favorite track: Song For The Setting Sun I.
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Levee 03:27
Farnham 02:01


Every major record released by Daniel Bachman has rightly been greeted by critical acclaim. Starting with 2012’s Seven Pines and running through 2014’s Orange Co. Seranade, each album has been lauded as his best release to date. In each of these instances, the critics have been correct. Even more impressive than the breadth and depth of each album has been the fact that Bachman has continued to top himself with respect to composition, technique, instrumentation and artistry on such a consistent basis. Given this sort of track record, what can we expect from River?

Simply stated, River is Bachman’s best album. Everything written previously by the critics about his albums applies once again with one change: he just got better. Unconventionally, it opens with the breathtaking and robust fourteen minute epic “Won’t You Cross Over To That Other Shore.” Proving his ability to write music that keeps the listener engaged (even across such a long tune), Bachman successfully uses tempo changes, varied picking patterns and melodic exploration, all without ever getting lost in pointless improvisation too far from the overall theme.

Bachman has always been quick to have his music serve as a homage to his musical and geographical roots in Virginia. River is no exception. Here he tips his hat to Jack Rose (“Levee”) and William Moore (“Old Country Rock”) through his interpretations of their songs. Bachman’s playing and flourishes on these tracks simultaneously acknowledge the influence each of these men has on his development and style. His love for old American music and deft skill at adapting traditional tunes allows listeners of all levels of sophistication to feel welcome at his musical table. Whether one is newly discovering the world of American primitivism, or is already deeply into the experimental world, Bachman’s playing draws the listener in and takes them places.

On three of River’s successive tracks – “Farnham,” “Song For The Setting Sun I” and “Song For The Setting Sun II” – Bachman takes the listener on an aural journey through the back roads of the foothills of the Blue Ridge to calm coastal waters. Much like driving by a stunning vista and feeling compelled to pull over and take it all in, “Song for the Setting Sun I” continually surprises with a beautiful set of melodies that cause you to stop anything else you are doing in anticipation of how the music will continue to unfold. This track alone demonstrates the leap that is River in Bachman’s maturity of both artistry and compositional understanding. The album closes with a reprise of "Won’t You Cross Over To That Other Shore." As its notes play out, it is almost certain that you will continuously hum one or another of the album’s rich melodies long after play has ended.

River marks the first time that Bachman has recorded an album in a proper studio. The album’s recording quality is remarkable, and translates an intimacy as if Bachman is playing only for his listener. Recorded on a single day as a series of live and overdub-free takes, the sound is exceptionally natural, leaving the over produced and sterile vibe of previous records behind. The movement of the guitar on his leg, his breathing, an accidentally muted note or an overly excited resonating bass string make River a living document of contemporary solo guitar music.

Over the course of the last several years Daniel Bachman has stepped out of the shadow of influential solo guitarists past and present. River, the definitive document of his skill and talent, proves that Bachman is pushing the boundaries of solo acoustic guitar.

-- Marcus Obst / Dying For Bad Music


released May 19, 2015


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