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03 A Cliff In Our Garden
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Those Darn Gnomes are:
Mark Steuer – synthesizer, voice
Christian Molenaar – banjo, flute, guitar, saxophone
Russell Case – accordion, bass, synthesizer
Bryon Wojciechowski – drums
Lucas Broyles – guitar
Tall Can – melodica
Cindy Elizondo – piano
Ken Fitzgerald – trumpet
Doug Hall – French horn
Willie Marshall – voice
holy! – guitar, voice
Queen Erika Andrews – violin
Mortal Bicycle – banjo, bass, concertina, harmonica
Erin Monaghan – clarinet, trumpet
Noah Souza – guitar
Raphael Tosti – percussion
Katie Walker – viola, voice
Recorded at Apollo’s Crotch.
Cover collage by Robert Khasho.
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‘Since THOSE DARN GNOMES‘ first album The Years back in 2015, I’ve listened to each new release with equal parts curiosity and bedevilment. Nothing about this band is easy. And yet, Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow is somehow the band’s most ambitious and accessible work to date. Amid the weirdo jazz and noise, you’ll find yourself keyed in on haunting passages, as is the case with opener “Birds” which brings to mind the sinister regions of Australia’s The Necks or, perhaps to use a more, uh “mainstream” act, Kayo Dot.” – Toilet ov Hell
“The record jumps headfirst into a hellscape of feedback, distortion and noise music, with all the subtlety of a ten-car pileup. You can literally hear the instruments crying out in agony as they are twisted into unnatural shapes. Listening to it, you’d be forgiven for flopping around like a clubbed fish on speed. For similar effect, picture Full of Hell crashing the stage at a Willie Nelson concert. Then, without warning, the noise stops. Things slow to an ethereal whisper, but it’s too late. THOSE DARN GNOMES have got us on our toes. With four tracks spanning over 40 minutes, it’s impossible to guess where this record could go. Outside of Micheal Gira’s Swans, it would be hard to find a record that keeps its audience in such mind-bending suspense.” – Exclaim!
“To the outsider, noise music and free jazz might not be so different, but to fans these genres are usually worlds apart. Not only do THOSE DARN GNOMES successfully bring the two together, they do so with a grace and sense of dynamics that give the music a powerful atmosphere despite the overall abrasiveness of the material. The mesh of electronic and live instrumentation is seamless, and there is a depth present that rewards repeated listening. Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow is full of challenging material, but those who explore the nooks and crannies of the interzones between these experimental genres will no doubt be rewarded for their efforts.” – Burning Ambulance
“The improvisation-fueled avant-garde noisegrind quartet and its myriad of additional musicians has crafted one of the most remarkable albums of the year already.” – Can This Even Be Called Music?
“A collision of avant-garde jazz, the wild, wooly experiments of composer Harry Partch, Beatnik poetry, shattered noise, shards of black box theater, the sinister weirdness lurking behind the childlike chaos of The Muppet Show. Somewhere in there are moments of calm and one drifts away on a bed of acoustic jazz meditations that recall Ralph Towner‘s best, most imaginative work in that world during the 1970s; strains of minimalism, lysergic opera, and ancient campfire songs emerge before we’re thrust back into a core of molten weirdness that provides total catharsis.” – PopMatters