A House With Too much Fire
Bookmaker Records / La Cordillère
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Album InfoHeavily influenced by mountain terrain after relocating to the Southern Alps, Andy Cartwright has experimented further under his Seabuckthorn alias with raw guitar sounds in bowing, fingerpicking & the use of slides, bringing a wider channelling of atmospherics & textures. Recorded in late 2017 and with the wood burner always in use, most song parts were captured in one take providing a spontaneous feel, focusing on loose, minimal improvisations which are apparent somewhat in Seabuckthorn’s live performances. With the new addition of banjo, clarinet & synthesizer to occasionally accompany the guitars, this release reflects the spatial surroundings in which it was created.
This is the 4th release with Parisian based record label Bookmaker Records & first collaborative release with La Cordillère.
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Reviews"New & Notable: Brutal and brilliant experimental guitar music with a bit of psychedelic flair"
"Cartwright plays with genre in such a way that he's almost thrown away the concept. Elements of experimental drone and outsider folk are sprinkled throughout this LP, but the music itself is Cartwright's own. It's not a blend, it's not pastiche, it's something startlingly new altogether."
"Cartwright shows himself to be a masterful storyteller who maximizes the different instruments' timbres and sonorities to author ten self-enclosed worlds, each one different yet nonetheless emblematic of his sensibility."
"It is what is left out that gives these tracks their power and impact; there are no unnecessary passages of showboating or superfluous grandstanding. Everything has its place and it is carefully, and sensitively, constructed and yet seems so spontaneously organic"
- Dayz Of Purple And Orange
"If your musical tastes match the Venn diagram drawn by Seabuckthorn’s ambient/folk hybrid, this is one album you definitely need to check out."
- Fluid Radio
"Spanning worlds between traditional folk music and weighty neo-classical music, Seabuckthorn's passages are heavy with emotional resonance that jump and spark from a highly expressive style of playing that is traditionally rooted and highly experimental and free-thinking."
- Tome To The Weather Machine
"What can be better than listening, free of distraction, to a performer so at ease with their instrument and environment that you become entirely swept up?"
- Tiny Mix Tapes
"4/5 STARS: Seabuckthorn presents musical images that are focused, melodic and experimental at the same time. (...) All in all, quite an intriguing and listenable mood piece that at the same time shows skill and intelligence. Highly recommended."
- Sputnik Music
"In the past, Andy Cartwright’s music birthed sepia visions of an old America and her boundless prairies, but the music’s underlying upset was due to a gradual relinquishing of innocence. In 2018, the land’s nothing more than skeletal remains. The world hardened the land, and the land – along with the music – changed."
- A Closer Listen
"impressively captivating stuff that acts as both an inviting in-road for the uninitiated and a culminating reward for longer-term followers."
- Delusions of Adequacy
"It’ll hold your interest for a complete listen, despite its Ambient moments and that’s where the real strength of the album lies; you’ll reach for this one time and time again as you’ll know every track is thoroughly well put together and will never fail to disappoint."
- Irregular Crates
"4/5 STARS: On the strength of this cinematic album, Seabuckthorn has a lot to offer the world of the soundtrack. (...) Sounds at times like traditional music from a lost civilization he's discovered in the mountain territory of his Alpine home"
- Northern Sky Magazine
"Gorgeous stuff. The spookier side of Daniel Lanois might be a touchpoint here, along with Ennio Morricone, Popol Vuh and even Tuareg desert blues. But Seabuckthorn really sounds like no one else and I hope this album draws more attention to his rich, organic sound world."
- An Ear Ful
"you’ll likely find this LP on our list of Favorite Albums from 2018!"
- Live Eye TV
French Reviews"Comme un vrombissement originel : quelque chose vient enfler et enfler lorsqu’on lance A House With Too Much Fire. Des lamentations lointaines, comme des plaintes de baleines imitées à la guitare, des vibrations incessantes qui en l’espace d’un instant emportent dans un univers propre, un microcosme bâti autour de la guitare désencordée qui se perd dans le lointain."
- A Decouvrir Absolument
"Totalement instrumental, happe et fascine. Les cordes pincées, frottées, tout en arpèges et boucles, ont quelque chose d’irréelle et entraînent dans une dimension rarement atteinte, celle de l’émotion pure."
- Indie Pop Rock
"L'album - soit dit en passant masterisé par le grand Lawrence English - offre une palette généreuse d'une folk aux nombreuses textures instrumentales. Intenses, rudes, planantes"
"Sur une base de guitares, banjo et clarinettes, Seabuckthorn altère la profondeur des sonorités et manipule les échos des ondes afin d’y puiser une atmosphère mystérieuse et onirique. Les percussions et les synthés augmentent le champ des amplitudes possibles, créant là un univers complet de rocaille et de lumière."
- Froggy's Delight
"Andy Cartwright effeuille une partition quasi-hantée, nourrie d’éthers vaudouesques et psychédéliques"
- La Biscuiterie
CreditsReleases June 1, 2018
Guitars, Banjo, Clarinet, Synth, Percussion by Andy Cartwright
Recorded & Mixed in Veynes, France by Andy Cartwright
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space
Cover Photo by Gundula Blumi
Layout & Design by Valérie Tortolero
Released with Bookmaker Records & La Cordillère
BKM17 / CRD001
10 tracks - 38 min
© & ℗ Andy Cartwright 2018