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btv073 Bosque Brown : Cerro Verde

Bosque Brown
Cerro Verde (btv073)
Buy Online | one-sided LP

Track listing:
1 A House
2 That Door
3 Tell Her
4 The Pain
Mara Miller’s grandparents have lived for more than 50 years in their house on Cerro Verde in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, near Biloxi. During Hurricane Katrina, her grandparents attempted to weather the storm, but escaped when the flood waters rose. A nearby neighbor with a second story let them stay in their house after they fled theirs. Her grandparents and the home survived, but the repairs are still ongoing.

Bosque Brown’s Cerro Verde one-sided LP frames four songs about the home and family memories and issues brought to the surface as the flood waters rose. In the uncertainty after the hurricane, the family lost contact with the grandparents and led Mara and the others to both worry and reminisce. As with any family that has been tied to one location for so long, the house became associated with many events and memories, both good and bad. The frenzy of hurricane, missing grandparents, and the house introduce the story, the door transitioning from physical house and opening to memory. The record closes with the letting go of tragic memories held in the house, symbolically washed away with the flooding: “flood within flows out the pain, let it rain and rain.”

The front and back covers show Mara repairing furniture miniatures from a dollhouse her grandfather made against a backdrop of wallpaper from her grandparent’s house. Mara and her sister Gina played with that dollhouse as children, just like her mother and mother’s sisters did. Most of the furniture was ruined during the flood and what remains needs to be repaired. The images are carried through to the B side etching and are accompanied by a poem her grandmother wrote for Mara. Mara’s grandmother often wrote poems on special paper with some accompanied embellishments and these framed poems were in the house on Cerro Verde.

The album was recorded in Denton, Texas at the Echo Lab with Matt Pence (Centro-Matic) without any digital intervention. The songs were tracked to 1/2″ tape and transferred to the lacquer for LP manufacturing. The cd is included for portability and is the digital “safety” copy in case the analog master tape was damaged. The four songs feature only Mara Miller’s signature vocals and sparse acoustic guitar tracks.

Though both Cerro Verde and Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller are basically solo affairs, Bosque Brown has blossomed into a full band. Their live show has become a local staple in the their hometown, taking the Dallas/Ft. Worth/Denton, Texas area by storm. Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller was chosen as the top local release of 2005 by the Dallas Observer and the band has grown in popularity. They were also nominated for four Dallas Observer Music Awards including best song, best new act, best female singer, and best folk/acoustic performer. They’ve headlined their own shows and have played with Two Gallants, John Vanderslice, Will Johnson, Bobby Bare Junior, Damien Jurado, and The National, and has most recently been asked to perform among respected Texas songwriters Billy Joe Shaver and Ray Wylie Hubbard.



btv074 Efterklang One-Sided LP

one-sided LP (btv074)
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Track listing:
1 Falling Post
2 God Vind, Kaptajn!
3 Tu Es Mon Image – Featuring Martin Hall
Efterklang’s incredible 2004 full-length Tripper (The Leaf Label, UK) was among my favorite releases of that year. My Danish friend posted their debut EP Springer on a shared ftp server since it was sold out and only available in Denmark initially. (We’re big supporters of file sharing at Burnt Toast Vinyl which resulted in the Mt. Eerie : Live in Copenhagen 3xLP collaboration between btv and Denmark’s Washington Inc.) Soon after, I invited Efterklang to do a one-sided LP and we worked out the details over the course of the year. Of the three tracks on One-Sided LP, one features Efterklang collaborating with famed Danish singer Martin Hall who provides the vocals for “Tu Es Mon Image” and another features Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir and Hildur Àrsælsdóttir from Amiina as guest musicians. The LP jacket features a faraway portrait of the band in keeping with the portrait theme for cover artwork in the Burnt Toast Vinyl one-sided LP series. Efterklang’s One-Sided LP is the latest in a series which includes Damien Jurado, Early Day Miners, The Six Parts Seven, Yume Bitsu, Ester Drang, Mt. Eerie, Starflyer 59, June Panic, Aspera, and Bosque Brown.
–Scott Hatch, Burnt Toast Vinyl

The Danish ensemble Efterklang was formed in January 2001. The following year and a half saw its founding core members Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Thomas Husmer, Rune Mølgaard and Rasmus Stolberg develop Efterklang into what it is today.

The film-maker Karim Ghahwagi joined the ensemble in the beginning of 2003 and accompanied the band’s well received debut EP Springer with extensive video collage work. Springer was released on Efterklang’s own label Rumraket and came packaged in white fake fur in only 500 copies. The band played their first live shows in Denmark in the spring of 2003 bringing audiences a subtle blend of acoustics, electronics and video imagery.

The development of Efterklang’s first full length studio album Tripper began in the fall of 2003 in the band’s own recording studio in the heart of Copenhagen and incorporated violins, brass instruments, a Greenlandic choir and a fully integrated video collage score. 34 guest musicians played on the recordings of Tripper among them Hildur Àrsælsdóttir and Edda Rún Olafsdóttir from the Icelandic string quartet Amiina who is known for their extraordinary work with Sigur Rós.

In July 2004, Efterklang signed to The Leaf Label (UK). In October, Tripper was released in USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and South Africa. Tripper became the fastest selling debut record in Leaf’s 10 year history. It has received remarkable good reviews and airplay on radio stations across North America and Europe. The Guardian wrote “this is the album to spend your tokens on. Five stars.” Pitchfork rated it 7.9 and wrote “Astonishing… this music should continue to reverberate in your memory for a long time to come.” In late 2004, the MTV program This is Our Music did a 30 minute documentary on Efterklang.

In February 2005, the song “Swarming” taken from Tripper was released as a radio and iTunes single with remixes including one by Bjørk producer Thomas Knak aka Opiate and a music video by Karim Ghahwagi. In April 2005, the debut Springer EP (2003) was re-released by The Leaf Label worldwide on cd and vinyl. Efterklang toured throughout Europe as an 8 piece band with performances at several high profile summer festivals including Roskilde, Hultsfred, Quart, Sonar and The Big Chill. Efterklang plan to tour the US in winter 2006/2007 in support of their forthcoming full-length.



btv084 Bosque Brown : Baby

Bosque Brown
Baby (btv084)
Buy Online | cd/LP+7″
Track listing:
A Side
1. White Dove
2. Went Walking
3. So Loud
4. On and Off (Part 1)
5. Texas Sun
6. Whiskey Flats
7. On and Off (Part 2)
B Side
8. Train Song
9. This Town
10. Oh River
11. On and Off (Part 3)
12. Phone Call
13. Soft Love
C Side (7″)
14. Lover’s Lullaby (T. Van Zandt)
D Side (7″)
15. The Sweetheart Tree (H. Mancini)
Bosque Brown have been quietly working on their sophomore full-length with producer Chris Flemmons (Baptist Generals). A dramatic step forward from their debut, Plays Mara Lee MillerBaby features a fuller sound and more expansive instrumentation. Where Mara Lee was recorded in a few short days with relatively few takes, Babybenefits from the band’s ability to record closer to home, allowing them to take as much time as necessary. Baby‘s rich musicianship reflects Bosque Brown’s increasing stature as a live band. The group took their time to find the right sounds — adding things in, taking things away, letting the songs grow under Flemmons’ watchful guidance.

As always, Baby‘s chief strength lies in the vocals. Principal songwriter Mara Lee Miller’s voice is frequently doubled with her sister Gina’s, allowing for a richer, more textured sound. Drummer Winston Chapman and Flemmons, himself a longtime drummer, experimented with prepared drums, mic placements and various recording techniques to color the percussion. A cluster of a cappella tracks, treated with heavily-layered vocals and echoing reverberation, borrow from the sacred harp tradition, and are arranged to break the record into four segments. Lush, soaring keyboards, organs and pedal steel blend with varying rhythms. Flemmons’ production techniques effortlessly capture both the intimacy and expanse of his home recording space.In her often personal lyrics, Miller reflects on her small-town Texas upbringing, coming to terms with her history. On “Oh River”, references to old-time hymns mix with the imagery of a dark, cold, flowing river — perhaps a subtle reference to Texas’ Bosque River, for which the group is named. “White Dove” and “Soft Love” bookend Baby, opening the record with a sense of dark desperation and then gradually finding hope in love.

Burnt Toast Vinyl discovered Miller through folk singer Damien Jurado, who had met Miller on tour. At the time, Jurado was acting as a bit of an A&R rep, funneling prospective acts and demos to the label. Their debut was released in 2005, and Mara and Ryan were soon joined by Mara’s sister Gina and friends Jeremy Buller and Winston Chapman to form the live version of Bosque Brown. The band’s live shows quickly captivated music fans in the Dallas/Denton/Ft. Worth area, owing largely to Miller’s striking stage presence. Plays Mara Lee Miller found its way onto many Top 10 of 2005 lists, and was named the top release of 2005 by the Dallas Observer. A four song ep,Cerro Verde, was recorded in 2006 and released as a one-sided vinyl LP with an accompanying cd. Cerro Verde was a stripped-down effort, chronicling Miller’s family experiences in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Bosque Brown track “Fire Fight” was featured on the soundtrack to the independent film Jumping Off Bridges, which debuted at 2007’s SXSW film festival. Bosque Brown have headlined their own shows, and have played with bands including Two Gallants, John Vanderslice, Will Johnson, the Baptist Generals, Bobby Bare Jr., Damien Jurado, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jolie Holland,and The National.

The artwork for Baby is by Mara’s longtime friends Sean Horton and Melissa Mudry who she knew from small-town life in Stephensville, Texas. They introduced her to the short-lived Lift to Experience which had a large cult following in Texas and helped open Mara up to Texas musicians like Townes van Zandt and the outlaw country of The Flatlanders and Hank Williams. The photos are from Melissa’s grandmother who had a ranch in California, and portray many of the record’s themes.

“The only thing released around Dallas this year that beats Plays Mara Lee Miller is Bosque Brown’s live show. Songwriter Mara Lee Miller created some of the year’s most haunting and touching works on this debut–“Still Afraid” and “Fine Lines” will stop your heart–but her live band, and especially the backing vocals of sister Gina, as additions to Mara’s balance-beam vocals in concert have turned me into a blubbering, crying fool. Get ready, America…you’ll fall in love with Bosque Brown too.” –Sam Machkovech, The Dallas Observer



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