Imaginary East of Longford
by Agitated Radio Pilot
Slow Loris : slo04 : 2004
3 inch cdr in beautiful hand-made brownpaper/greaseproof packaging. Three minimal instrumentals on 3 inches. Chord Organ and Lap steel.
1. imaginary east of longford.
2. what the winds and days may bring.
3. and many a summer sleeps.
Review by Brad Rose on Foxy Digitalis.
Agitated Radio Pilot is the mostly-solo vehicle of Deserted Village kingpin, Dave Colohan. This release is an exorcism of sound and emotion, poured out through strained, simple guitar lines and harmonium crescendos. For an EP that is dedicated to the passing of two people very close to Colohan, one would expect the music to be emotionally deep. Colohan is a brilliant sculptor. The centerpiece for this 3" disc is unquestionably the 14+ minute title track. I can picture him sitting alone in his dark room, playing this song solemnly trying to fight back his tears. It is that dense and that moving. Each note is carefully chosen, each chord carefully picked. He is paying homage to his fallen loved ones and he will settle for nothing less than perfection. As this release is dedicated to two individuals, it is fitting that this track is split into two separate movements. The second half of the track is played on a harmonium, and its wheezing, melancholy is the perfect complement to Colohan's guitar playing. They fit together perfectly, and the harmonium further explores the same mood and feelings of the guitar. It's such a beautiful piece that it's hard not to be moved. The two shorter tracks offer shades of despair ("What the Winds & Days May Bring") and forlorn hope ("And Many a Summer Sleeps") and fit into the overall mix wonderfully. Everything about this release is beautiful: the music, the packaging, and the sentiment. I encourage everyone who is reading this to check it out. 9/10.