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Ghosts of Barbary

by Hazy Loper

“Ghosts Of Barbary” is a well-balanced selection of songs, nicely augmented by four instrumentals tagged onto vocal tracks, sympathetically wrapped in banjo and strings it weaves, effortlessly, in and out of the shadows of doom, swirling like a tree on a stormy night. Different, but not for different sake they may at times be hard to define but good at what they do, as evocative imagery oozes from their unique style of playing. maurice hope americana uk
Genre: Folk: Field Recordings
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Last Night of the Earth
5:25 $0.99
2. Song of the Lost
3:11 $0.99
3. Clarion Alley
2:34 $0.99
4. Treadle of the Loom
2:32 $0.99
5. Easy
3:16 $0.99
6. Down to the Coast
2:50 $0.99
7. Napier Lane
1:56 $0.99
8. Sure Ain't Dead
5:16 $0.99
9. Yanka's Lament
2:41 $0.99
10. Wide World
3:15 $0.99
11. Taber Alley Waltz
2:09 $0.99
12. Ghosts of Barbary
4:08 $0.99
13. To the Wind
3:02 $0.99
14. Maiden Lane
2:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Since 2003 Hazy Loper, a San Francisco group comprised of multi-instrumentalists, instrument builders, historians, and artists, have been performing and recording a raw and natural breed of gothic, backwoods folk music. Their latest project, "Ghosts of Barbary", wanders the hidden alleys of San Francisco to illuminate lost elements of the past and present. 

Led by Patrick Kadyk and Devon Angus, and arranged by Closer to Carbon (also on Out of Round Records), "Ghosts of Barbary" employs strange tunings, a sense of time and place, and a D.I.Y. approach to form and cacophany. The contribution of Closer to Carbon's found objects and odd instrumentation adds a cinematic texture to Hazy Loper's brand of homespun, creaking folk. 

"many of the ten originals on high in the murk have the feel of classics. there's just a consistent tone of impeccable musicianship, melancholy poetry and timelessness.” -sherry sly, west coast performer

"take away the orchestral sway of 'arcade fire' and some of the precision of 'black heart procession' and you'll start to imagine hazy loper. the songs are approached as a long boat approaches a wave; proudly upright, defiant even. the sea that they sail on is a dark one, moonlit, rough, deep and filled with monsters. the songs have an epic historical feel." david cowling, americana-uk.



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