A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Alchemical Americana: Califone – Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey)

For their fourth proper full-length, Califone update their scrapmetal Harry Smith alchemical Americana with a bit of exotica, sparkle, and sheen.  Califone are, to quote Grand Funk Railroad, an American … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Hawthonn – Hawthonn

Step between the Hawthorn rows; follow the fox to a garden of shadows. See for yourself the fields of summer, the copper moon. Follow the wisps through deadening bogs, dig … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Once More, Autumn – Once More, Autumn

Once More, Autumn is the spectral debut from the St. Paul, Minnesota duo of Evan Walton and Brady Lorenzen. It is a bare, sparse, slight record, shivering and eye-blinking in … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sophie Cooper – Our Aquarius (Wild Silence)

If you spend any time here at Forestpunk, you will know that we are complete and unabashed Anglophiles, despite never having set foot on Albion. Everything that we know of … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 10 Comments

The Grand Optimist – Quiet Your Mind EP

Label: self-released street date: 8.13.13 RIYL: Mt. Eerie, Fleet Foxes, Stephen Steinbrink/French Quarter, Neutral Milk Hotel, Paul Beribeau Making music is inherently an optimistic act. No matter how bleak, how … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

i am the lake of fire (demos)

…in this psychogeographical wandering, we draw closer to the misty heart of the Forestpunk project… let no one deceive you there is another world it is within you every boy … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Motorbikes – How To Execute

From the outer reaches of deep space, we return to the sleepy hamlet of Anacortes, Wa. with Motorbikes – How To Execute? America’s Pacific Northwest is a golden paradise during … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anacortes Unknown Day II; The Unknown/The Croation Club, 7.20.13

THE HIVE DWELLERS GENDERS O PAON WYRD VISIONS MAGNETIC RECONNECTION (a film by Kyle Armstrong)                          KEY LOSERS                                                                     ASHLEY ERIKKSON (solo lounge set) Due to a series of complications, … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ashley Eriksson, Lloyd & Michael, Stephen Steinbrink, Filardo @ The Record Room; 7.8.13

Stephen Steinbrink is a gem, burrowed deep in the bunkers of basements & record store taverns, a never-ending whirlwind of travelling, writing, recording. He is, as Patti Smith of Tom … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Balky Mule – The Length Of The Rail (Fat Cat Records, 2005)

Fast forward a number of years, but still writing about the Bristol scene. Sam Jones, the man behind The Balky Mule, will write songs with whatever he can get his … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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