Keith Wood, along with constant foil Leon Dufficy, is Hush Arbors, and while his self-titled Ecstatic Peace! debut is not his first album by any means – he’s been at this almost ten years - it does provide the perfect introductory point to Hush Arbor’s distinctive take on psych folk. Combining the pensive songwriting of John Phillips circa Wolfking, the plaintive honesty of Neil Young, and the fishtank-gazing cacophony of Six Organs of Admittance (Wood is a frequent collaborator), Wood writes classic-sounding songs that sound readymade for AM radio, circa 1968.
There are multiple artists who go by the name Valet. 1) Valet is Portland, Oregon musician Honey Owens. Owens played a key role in the development of the electronic group Nudge and music collective Jackie-O Motherfucker, blessing both groups with her singularly haunting voice, instrumentation, and aesthetic approach.
Valet's debut, 'Blood Is Clean' was originally released as a limited edition CDr in 2006 by Yarnlazer (the label Owens co-runs with White Rainbow's Adam Forkner). It saw wider release on Kranky Records in the Spring of 2007.
Charalambides are a musical group originally from Houston, Texas, USA and lately of Austin, Texas. Formed in 1991 by Tom Carter and Christina Carter, adding Jason Bill and Heather Leigh Murray, they have followed in the footsteps of other Texas psychedelic music artists such as The 13th Floor Elevators, The Red Krayola, and Jandek. Their music contains elements typical of psychedelic music such as reverb, extended instrumental jamming and the use of found sounds, as well as elements of noise, avant garde, folk, and drone music.
Nalle formed in the summer of 2004 and is based in Glasgow. The band features Hanna Tuulikki (vocals, kantele, flutes), Aby Vulliamy (viola) and Chris Hladowski (bouzouki, clarinet). All three group members also perform with Scatter, and Chris and Aby also play in The One Ensemble of Daniel Padden, amongst other projects. Nalle is like a children's toy - a transition object between us and the world.
Amen Dunes, the solo project of Damon McMahon, began with recordings made in the fall of 2006 in upstate New York. Those tapes were initially put on the shelf as personal recordings he never intended for release, and the following summer, McMahon moved to China and all but stopped making music. He would live in Beijing for the next few years, writing and recording only occasionally. With the release of DIA on Locust Music in 2009, however, he decided to move back to the States and form a band around Amen Dunes.
Fursaxa is Tara Burke. Formerly a member of the Siltbreeze band Un, Tara started her Fursaxa project in 1999 after Un disbanded. After being a long time resident of Philadelphia, Tara decided to leave the "city of brotherly love" for the touring life. So from April 2005-April 2006 she toured extensively throughout the UK, the USA, and Europe with friends and fellow musicians Jack Rose, Sharron Kraus, Alexander Tucker, Christina Carter, Marcia Bassett, and Spires That in the Sunset Rise, to name a few.
Heather Leigh Murray is a very active performer, playing and recording solo, as well as with Scorces, Charalambides, Taurpis Tula, Dream/Aktion Unit, Jandek etc. Her main instruments are pedal steel and voice. She is currently romantically involved with, as well as member in the same band (Taurpis Tula) as WIRE contributor David Keenan, who also owns and operates the influential record store/distro/label Volcanic Tongue.
Born in the English Midlands but now based in Glasgow, Scotland, guitarist Ben Reynolds has been a prominent player in and contributor to the United Kingdom's fertile underground psych/drone scene for many years.
A current member of the long-running and highly influential Ashtray Navigations, Reynolds appears on recordings by Vibracathedral Orchestra and Sunroof. He and is also active via his duo project Motor Ghost with Directing Hand, both with free-jazz drummer Alex Neilsen.