THE IDITAROD - the Ghost, the Elf, the Cat and the Angel CD
from the original press release:
From the first song of their debut cd, 1998’s The River Nektar (Hub City), one feels a strong affinity for THE IDITAROD’s stark, darkly beautiful home-fi fairytales. Hailing from Rhode Island, the group embodied a uniquely New England mood mixing reservation with unquenchable enthusiasm; scholarly without pretention.
As a duo, Jeffrey and Carin split time between the group and their much lauded MAGIC EYE SINGLES, the label responsible for the wonderful ‘FOR THE DEAD OF SPACE’ tribute to TOM RAPP’s PEARLES BEFORE SWINE.
They toured Scandinavia in October 2000 and released a single to commemorate the occasion. The result was two originals of acoustic strumming, cello, tape loops, and moog married with a KING CRIMSON cover and locked grooves meant to be used as ‘a sonic experiment’ when played simultaneously on various turntables. “The Iditarod’s music reminds me of a castle, a medieval castle that from the outside is breathtakingly beautiful. But once you get in there, it’s full of tunnels which form a kaleidoscopic system where you’re bound to get a little lost.” (Broken Face, Sweden)
Doubling ranks to a quartet, adding Matt Everett (Bonnie Prince Billy fiddler) and Margie Wienk (Difference Engine/Eyesores) they travelled as a member and co-founder of The Poor Minstrels of Song, a traveling experimental folk carnival tour which also featured such wyrdfolk favourites as IN GOWAN RING, DREKKA, and Tim Renner’s STONE BREATH. Live THE IDITAROD transcend even the bliss of their recordings.
‘The Ghost, the Elf, the Cat and the Angel’, the group’s first cd for BLUESANCT (third total) was recorded in this past spring with JESSE POE (Six Organs of Admittance), while also integrating some home recorded experiments. The result is as adventurous as their previous recordings, with an added crystalline clarity as fragile as a dream.
Fans of bands as diverse as CAT POWER, MOVIETONE, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, and KING CRIMSON will be enraptured with this masterpiece.
released 02 April 2002
CD = ltd to 1000 copies