Von Till, Steve - A Life Unto Itself CD
HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS. Definitely in the top running as my 2015 album of the year. Released by Neurot Recordings, description from the label: A Life Unto Itself is as much the name of Steve Von Till's fourth solo album as it is a perfect description for the 25-plus years he's spent forging, with his brothers, the incomparable musical force that is Neurosisäóînot to mention the numerous sonic tapestries he's woven with Tribes of Neurot and under his alter ego Harvestman. One can hear that deep musical history, and all the life experience that goes with it, on A Life Unto Itself. As with his previous solo works, Von Till's weathered, distinctive voice and sparse acoustic guitar provides the foundation. Quiet and subdued for the most part, these songs still evoke vast emotional power as Von Till's raspy whisper dives deeply inward and speaks of visions, memories and self-reflection in a way both seasoned and exposed. While his last couple albums took on a more traditional approach with respectful nods toward Americana and Celtic ballads, A Life Unto Itself ventures into a wider variety of sonic landscapes, often borrowing from the rural psychedelia of Harvestman, weaving in strains of vintage synth and electric guitars. Von Till was assisted in creating the album's myriad textures by viola master Eyvind Kang, pedal steel wizard J. Kardong and percussionist Pat Schowe, all under the supervision of engineer and producer Randall Dunn, with whom he recorded and mixed the album at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle. Von Till and his fellow travelers take the listener on a pilgrimage through hidden inner worlds, occasionally surfacing for brief sojourns through the American West (äóìIn Your Wingsäó?), Old World Europe (äóìA Language of Bloodäó?) and more modern points unknown (äóìNight of the Moonäó?).