New Mexico’s A Hawk and A Hacksaw return with a new double LP ‘You Have Already Gone To The Other World: Music Inspired By Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’, which will be released through LM Duplication on March 25th.
In 2012, Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost scored a live soundtrack to the unforgettable and inspirational 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by the legendary Ukranian director Sergey Paradjanov. They took the soundtrack on tour, accompanying the film live, and performed in cinemas and theatres. You Have Already Gone To The Other World is the product of those tours and the evolution of the soundtrack into something that can stand on its own: a double album of new compositions and traditional folk tunes that have been inspired by the surreal folk magic of the film, sprinkled with the wondrous music and foley from this piece of cinematic history.
Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, this is the first AHAAH album in a long time on which its two primary members, Barnes and Trost, play pretty much every last note (save for a couple of Dieterich guitar cameos). Yet the instrumentation is far from minimal, and the songs often explode into the rich ornamentation that one would expect from the band. Dieterich’s production values and sense of experimentation have elevated AHAAH into new territories of folk psychedelia, with the band’s own personality colouring the traditional forms they explore with such joy like never before. It’s also the bands most dynamic album since they began their Eastern European adventure, with the thundering percussion and dramatic arcs of violin on the title track being counterpointed by majestic solo pieces for hammer dulcimer (Where no horse neighs, and no crow flies) and piano (The Snow in Kryvorivnya), stately organ-led processionals (O Lord, Saint George, bewitch Ivan, make him mine) and original sound and melodies from the film woven in throughout.
Support comes from Ryan Francesconi (previously best known for his work as the musical director on Joanna Newsom’s stunning triple album ‘Have One On Me’). Now, he prepares to return to European stages to perform with his partner, violinist Mirabai Peart, as the duo release a new album on Bella Union in December.