Sacramento-based Troy Mighty exploring the emotional depths and heights of the weirdfolk territories with surely one of the most beautiful voices in existence.
When you listen to this album, you may wonder if you have accidentally gottn the speed on 78 rpm instead of 33. That is just the way Troy Mighty's voice sounds. It is deep, rich, and spooky. Likewise, his gentle guitar strumming belies the deeply disturbing nature of some of the lyrics. Peruse the hand-screen-printed lyrics and packaging of this limited to 500 edition, dabble in the sounds of guitar sometimes enhanced by violin and accordion that lull you into a rest that is broken as soon as you realize what the words are saying.
"When Dead Western’s "Soften your screams into sings" LP (put out by KDVS) hit the mailbox, my first thought was how lovely the sleeve looked, then turning over to see a photo of actual naked modern hippies in a forest (one of which was climbing a tree), I immediately thought I had this whole deal figured out: West coast, future Arthurfest participants etc.; I know pretty much what to expect here. Well, it took me a good couple minutes to figure out what speed this thing played at, and when I did discovered this thing to be a real treasure outta left field. Fragile instrumentation, heartfelt songs, but a truly alien voice delivering what I can only describe to be what you’d expect Peter Jefferies in the persona of the Pink Panther to be, or something similar. Woozy, deep, resonant bass vox wobbling around the grooves here which I now know belong to Sacramento musican/artist fixture Troy Mighty who I remember from the free jazz-leaning noiseniks "Antennas Erupt". The variety of instrumentation, while being minimal, is also pretty rich in emotion. Really stunning album which is visually as beautiful as beautiful as the music."
Brian Turner (WFMU)
released July 1, 2008
(p) 2008 KDVS Recordings
Recorded and Mixed with Tony Cale in 2006
All songs were written, sung, strummed, plucked, hummed, breathed and birthed by Troy Mighty, with the help of Kyla Cech (violin), Ryan One (guitar), Alec K. Redfearn (accordion), Brianna Lea Pruett (voice, autoharp), Robert C Mull (viol da gamba), Daniel Grisham (trumpet)
Artwork/Printing by Troy Mighty
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