LP released: Nov 29, 2019

1. Along The Main Divide
2. Clear Night, Port Hills
3. Twilight Conversation
4. Rainshadow Near Christchurch
5. Rain Receding
6. Escape Velocity
7. Downtown To Vesuvio
8. The Road To Diamond Harbour
9. Winding It Out In The High Country
10. Norwester Head On
11. The Last Kakapo Dreams Of Flying
12. Hollyford Valley Day 1
13. Hollyford Valley Day 2
14. Hollyford Valley Day 3
Cat No: GR019
Barcode: 767870660139
Packaging: LP Regular

Expanded reissue of New Zealand guitar pioneer
Roy Montgomery's rare and revered full-length
debut, Scenes From The South Island, originally released
in 1995 by West Coast experimental / space rock label
Drunken Fish. Recorded on both coasts on a pair of Tascam
4-tracks, the album is alternately wistful, windswept,
skeletal, shredded, and strange. Solo guitar figures flow
and fray through echo and empty space, evoking loss, long
roads, and low-lit landscapes.
Montgomery's own memories of this era conjure it
"Several elements converged or aligned for the making of
Scenes From The South Island in late 1994, early 1995.
Landing in San Francisco where things felt different but the
same. The play of light, the odd ornamental pohutakawa or
ti kouka sprouted from tiny front yards and waving silently
at me in this neighborhood or that. The wind. A room with
basic recording equipment up on Sunset, the kind of which
I had seen before many times in flats or houses in my city.
Patches of the American landscape viewed from the road
or trodden lightly upon that still seemed as unpeopled as
home and rightly so. Time off to remember. Time off to try
to forget. A cheap electric guitar waiting for me in a pawn
shop in Chicago. Thoughts about good places to die both
here and there. The land talking to me. The dead talking
to me. Spirit guides. Pathways in the brain. Luck. Another
room on the other side of the continent on the Lower East
Side with almost the exact same set-up for recording. A few
good friends. Solitude. Anonymity. Despair. Solace built
from sound. Making new spaces by going back. Stepping
in the same river time and time again."

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