Fresh from a sold-out lathe-cut record split with Italy\'s prolific space-artists My Cat is An Alien, and following up two beautiful CD-r releases on Foxglove and Musicyourmindwillloveyou, Corsican Paintbrush has focused their considerable talents and energies into a \"proper\" CD release.
Swerving feverishly between what could easily be chopped up Native American rhythms, sampled Celtic melodies, and space-age funk played on trash heaps, the music of Corsican Paintbrush is actually all of this and none of it. \"Aquarian Hymns\" is nine tracks of gorgeously recorded acoustic grace; marked with periodic bursts of lysergic freak-outs, from the sharpened slide guitar strings and tired voice of \"Break Through These Branches\" to the heavy accordion and woodwind drones of the closing track \"Aquarius\". The true masterpiece of the release is the expansive and slow-developing \"Carbon Revival\", taking its sweet time (over fifteen minutes) to uncoil its scaly form and sink its dripping fangs into your mind.
Corsican Paintbrush paints an engrossing picture of a folk music never before encountered, and it does so with broad and yet delicate swaths of color and texture. Just don\'t call this sound New Age or Ethnic Folk, it digs deeper and broader than that, sounding at times like a piece from the richly diverse Sublime Frequencies collection, and at other times like a death march across the desert, carried on the back of the Sunburned Hand of the Man.