Music* Arbouretum – The Highwayman / Photography* Julie Renée Jones – Umbra

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Baltimore’s Arbouretum have released a score of acclaimed albums on the Thrill Jockey label, a home that finds them in the company of tourmates & worthy peers like Pontiak, Eternal Tapesty, Wooden Shjips & Barn Owl. They are deft interpreters of a monumental, volcanic sound, a heavy force which is earthen but simultaneously bound for the cosmos. This ritualistic psych rock emanates from Corey Allender’s churning, hypnotic bass, Matthew Pierce’s raga-drone synth sweeps & the ceremonially heavy drumming of J.V. Brian Carey, but is certainly centred upon vocalist & guitarist Dave Heumann’s archaically phrased riffs, molten solos & resonant intonations.

His frequently co-written lyrics explore archetypal psychic terrain through characters & motifs which interact profoundly with the weight & wonder that is woven into the heart of their recordings & performance. Their sound is their own, but references to Richard Thompson & Fairport Convention, Earth & even Tinariwen abound, and for good reason. Heumann has played with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Cass McCombs & Papa M, iconoclastic American songwriters with whom he shares an ability to weave an untethered imagination into compositions which are as rewarding lyrically as they are musically unique.


“expanding on the rolling grooves of Song of the PearlThe Gathering is a sonic monster” 
4/5 MOJO


Julie Renée Jones
Julie Renée Jones was born and raised in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. There she learned how to transform the tedious, cookie cutter landscape of her neighborhood into magical, wild new worlds. In 2001 she learned how to do this with a camera, and hasn’t looked back. Julie’s work revolves around imagination, memory, and dreams as it clashes and melds with reality and the ordinary. She daydreams unapologetically and can be found chasing either spots of light or thunderstorms more often than not.


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