ESP-Disk’ is proud to announce the signing of Maine-based duo Arborea. Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, ESP-Disk’ is known for its diverse roster of rock, jazz, and folk artists from the underground, and Arborea continues that tradition.
Among the most artistically successful alchemists of Indie/Psychedelic Folk, Maine-based duo Arborea consists of Shanti Curran (vocals, banjo, “banjimer” [a banjo-dulcimer hybrid], harmonium, ukulele, sawing fiddle, and hammered dulcimer) and Buck Curran (guitars, vocals, sawing fiddle, flute, and banjo). Weaving together strands of indie rock, Appalachian folk, psychedelia, and ambient music into what has been called avant-folk, Arborea’s songs combine delicate beauty and mystical lyrics with the timelessness of ancient songs (sometimes literally, as they occasionally rework old folk and blues songs into new shapes).
The band’s first album for ESP-Disk’, Fortress of the Sun (ESP5002CD), will be released on CD on April 30, 2013. A vinyl edition will follow, and the album will also be available via download. Fortress of the Sun is their fifth full-length album.
Since 2007 Arborea has performed shows and festivals throughout the US, UK, and Europe, including the Green Man Festival (Wales, 2007), Tanned Tin Festival (Spain, 2007 & 2010), BBC/World on 3 Session (London, 2009), Moseley Folk Festival (UK, 2010), Electric Picnic Festival (Ireland, 2010), Philadelphia Folk Festival (2012), and an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2012.
NPR’s Bob Boilen included their SXSW performance on his “Favorite Concerts of 2012” list.
Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke included their previous album, Red Planet, on his list of “The Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011” and called their music “trance-folk that, at every turn in the slipstream, seems to hail from another country: the murder ballads of Appalachia; the plucked-string stasis and Om drone of New York minimalism; the iridescent-Middle East imagination of the Incredible String Band.”
Red Planet also made Editors Top Pick in Guitar Player and Top Vinyl Pick in Mojo.
The BBC wrote of their 2009 album House of Sticks, “Sounding like frayed, half-remembered, hand-me-down tunes, shaped and altered with each retelling, the fluidity and the sparse application of instruments wherein Eastern and Western modes gently mingle is the secret of this album’s startling beauty.”
Arborea also curated two compilation albums: Leaves of Life (2009), to benefit the UN World Food Program, and We Are All One, In the Sun: A Tribute to Robbie Basho (2010), which received a four-star review in Mojo and a 7.9 Pitchfork review and made the Best Acoustic Albums of 2010 list in Acoustic Guitar and Editors Top Pick in Guitar Player for 2010.
RIYL: Espers, Pentangle, Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley, Sharon Van Etten, Mazzy Star, Robbie Basho