Eternal Tapestry – Wild Strawberries

Image: 1594934 Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown, but on their newest album, Wild Strawberries, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level. Wild Strawberries is a massive double album, which was recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The contrast between the openness of the massive Oregon sky and the denseness of the trees is echoed in Wild Strawberries’ expansive guitar tones and looming organ drones. The album is thick with the lysergic leads that populated their earlier releases, but the airiness of the woods has seeped into Nick Bindeman’s guitar playing, refining it and opening it up to new modal possibilities.
During the recording sessions the Zigzag River flowed nearby, and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, however temporary, helped to chart the course of the recording process. Wild Strawberries’ artwork and song titles, which are named after plants specific to the region, both speak to the influence of that environment. The lush atmosphere combined with a week long sequestration from the outside world had a pronounced impact on the music, which unfolds in a panoramic slow burn. Wild Strawberries yields vast rewards for those who spend time in its aural forest.
The album as a whole unfolds patiently, but not without purpose. Prior to the recording session drummer Jed Bindeman came across 700 Phish cassette bootlegs, and it was on these cassettes that the sessions for Wild Strawberries were taped, using an eight-track recorder. Thanks to the relaxed vibe of the cabin, the band was able to indulge in extensive improvisational experiments, playing around with the limits of the tape machine. The wealth of material allowed them to select only the most successful of their many pieces.

Wild Strawberries is the band’s first double album, recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The two LPs are pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with free download card. The first 503 LP copies are pressed on limited white vinyl, remaining copies on black vinyl
CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket
Eternal Tapestry releases remain consistent best sellers with their vinyl editions quickly selling out
Eternal Tapestry plan to tour the US and Europe throughout 2015
“a match made in a UV lamp-lit and sage-scented stoner-rock heaven.” – Pitchfork
“elements of Hawkwind, Faust, and Neu! intermix in these awesome, head-spinning sojourns into the galaxy of 1970s sci-fi book covers” - Decibel
“They’ve channeled the mantric, churning boogie of Terry Riley and John Cale’s Church of Anthrax, the fuzz-toned girth of krautrock gods Faust at their most transcendental, and the rambling beauty of Swedish prog-rock giants Älgarnas Trädgård.” - The Stranger

01. Mountain Primrose
02. Wild Strawberries
03. Enchanter’s Nightshade
04. Woodland Anemone
05. Maidenhair Spleenwort
06. Lace Fern
07. Pale-Green Sedge
08. White Adder’s Tongue Erhältlich ab 20.03.2015
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