Free Monday w/ Ralph White,The Dead Tongues, Wes Tirey
May9pm - $Free
He's played with Michael Hurley, Jandek and Thurston Moore.
On Black Wind, songwriter/guitarist Wes Tirey makes the case for quality over quantity. After a stream of well-received cassettes, Tirey assembled a reserved trio and laid down the soft law on a single night in September. Whereas his previous releases were turned inward, Black Wind opens out like Malick meditating on prairie grass. The words and imagery are stark, broad strokes while the arrangements are spacious, simple structures of Tirey's voice and acoustic guitar, with sparse backing from a telecaster and a trap kit. Opener "All the Livelong Day" comes on like Karen Dalton dressed-down to parched bone, window-lit dust and old chairs, while the final and title track flutters in bursts, unfurling heavy-lidded at daybreak.
In addition to this fine vinyl on Scissor Tail Records is a thematically linked book to be released by Cabin Floor Esoterica. Titled Melodrama Blues: Selected Lyrics of Wes Tirey, it collects writings from Black Wind and three past albums, all related via Tirey's feel for a mythological americana, the threads of surrealist biblical imagery that underlie our cultural cosmos.
Wes Tirey has shared stages with peers such as Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman, Elephant Micah, Tashi Dorji, and Sam Amidon. Black Wind's release will be consummated by a performance at the Mothlight on October 30, in Tirey's adopted hometown of Asheville, NC, followed by a short tour of the east coast.