Johnson, Chuck / Crows In The Basilica
Album: Crows In The Basilica   Collection:General
Artist:Johnson, Chuck   Added:May 2013
Label:Three Lobed Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-06-03 Pull Date: 2013-08-05
Week Ending: Aug 4 Jul 21 Jul 14 Jul 7 Jun 30 Jun 23 Jun 16 Jun 9
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 01, 2013: maximum entropy
On A Slow Passing In Ghost Town
4. Jul 05, 2013: Tunes
Wild Geese Descend On Level Sand
2. Jul 20, 2013: The Iron Skillet
Ransom Street Blues
5. Jun 26, 2013: minimum entropy
Wild Geese Descend On Level Sand
3. Jul 12, 2013: Tunes
Wild Geese Descend On Level Sand
6. Jun 16, 2013: air balloon lane
On A Slow Passing In Ghost Town

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-05-30
Masterful Appalachian styled guitar folk, ancient-hearted and soulful like Fahey, Jack Rose, and Three Lobed labelmate Steve Gunn. Probably neighbors with fellow Philadelphia-based folk prodigy Daniel Bachman. RIYL dreadnought steel string acoustic guitars, white lightnin’, chewin’ t’baccah.

1. (3:51) Steady bouncing’ banjo-like Appalachian theme, gorgeous red foliage all along the Shenandoah Valley
2. (4:58)* Sweet ambling tune, plaintive, with just a touch of country blues, old M. John Hurt could have sung over this
3. (6:11) Mystical, haunting slow ballad, wandering through chord arpeggios, space slowly picks up while staying melancholy. A troubled lonely walk through the woods in autumn.
4. (3:17) A version of 19th century parlor guitar standard “Vestapol,” a sweet rollicking tune that brings comfort to the ears of weary travelers.
5. (4:15) Dark baroque piece, slow and pensive, lots of complex chord changes.
6. (8:08)** Slow, brooding, mysterious, theme song to a wander through a ghost town as the title implies.
7. (5:24)* sweet, hopeful, tragic bluegrass—reminds you that your life is nowhere near as hard as a coal miner’s.
8. (3:33)*** beautiful blooming lullaby, almost dulcimer-like, just as ekphrastic and vivid as the title intends

Track Listing
1. Across White Oak Mountain   5. Crows In The Basilica
2. Ransom Street Blues   6. On A Slow Passing In Ghost Town
3. Albion Square   7. Mine Creek
4. Vestapol   8. Wild Geese Descend On Level Sand