Although he spent a number of years traversing various astral planes with Tarentel and the Drift, Danny Paul Grody also records his own brand of vibrantly melancholic music for guitar and synthesizer. Having already issued a number of captivating and alluring recordings with Three Lobed, Root Strata, and Students of Decay, Grody now joins Geographic North's ongoing 'Sketch for Winter' series for a modest excursion to aurally catalog icy, western terrains.
Equipped with Cormac McCarthy's sense of brutally beautiful western naturalism and at times resembling Loren Connors translating a frostbitten, desertous sunrise through an electric guitar, Grody weaves frostbitten sounds for the American West.
The opening, eponymous track drifts into frame like a polar wind, charring the landscape before it with consuming frost and distant but legitimate hopefulness. "On Leaving" sees the clouds break for a moment of inner and outer meditation, accounting for the highs of lows of past, present, and future. The meandering optimism of "For Western Skies" is delivered with ambulatory glee, as Grody permeates space with illuminated and paced transcendence.
"Mineral Springs" opens the B-side in a wide-eyed state of bucolic rusticism, surveying the elusive but apparent sense of life and loss in this natural setting. "Only" hosts a brief and solitary contemplation on one’s self and surroundings, retreating into a deeply introspective haze of comfortable isolation. Closer "Cloudhand" resembles an aural yarn of some lonesome cartographer in an unknown place, accompanied only by a set of mapmaking tools and the barest essentials of survival.
'Other States' speaks to the heart of our appreciation of the emotional scope of the season. This is Sketch for Winter VI.
released March 18, 2016
All songs recorded, mixed, and mastered at home by Danny Paul Grody between 2014 and '15 (except "Only" which was recorded by Trevor Montgomery many moons ago)