The Clarity of Dawn

by Raphi Gottesman

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Seaport Town 01:28
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Nantucket 02:56
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Buried Blues 03:07
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Love Letters 01:55
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about

RAPHI GOTTESMAN: “When I was a teenager in the 90s me and my fellow anarchists/peace activists/misfits used to set up these guerilla jam sessions in Cleveland’s public square – plugging into the city’s traffic-light grid to be heard over all the hand drums and chatter (I was drawn to minor league illegal activity so this excited me).

I was already a drummer playing in hardcore punk and noise bands but I got to play guitar in these jams cause who was gonna stop me? I remember my friend after about who knows an hour? Saying ‘hey man sounds cool but you might want to change keys or parts every now and then!’ I had no idea looping ambient solo experimental guitar was a thing but I had an impulse toward repetition early even if it annoyed people.

When I was 20 I saw Mick Turner of the Dirty Three play a solo loop-guitar show while projecting video of himself making paintings. Might sound indulgent but I was mesmerized – it was like this complete portrait of an artist and all of his directions. I bought his album ‘MOTH’ which is still one of my favorites.

I kept playing in lots of punk, lo/fi garage, folk/rock bands on drums and then belatedly started recording my own guitar ideas onto a cassette 4-track in 2010. I made a CDr with a hand-drawn cover and shared it with a couple trusted music buddies. I eventually called this collection of songs ‘Ballad of the Sad Café’ (after the title of a Carson McCullers book) and a bunch of the music from it wound up in a documentary called The City Dark. One scene just let the entire titletrack play with no narration and I remember feeling so fragile and flattered watching it in the theatre for the first time with that huge sound system.

Adrian Michna (Brooklyn DJ and Ghostly recording artist) released my music digitally and encouraged me to make and release more. I made ‘Virtual Access’ in 2014, and ‘Signed, Noisemaker’ in 2015 released on the wonderful Swedish label Fleure Tapes.

I’m happy to be sharing my latest album ‘The Clarity of Dawn’ on the German label AOsmosis. Many of my closest musician friends collaborated on tracks and this is the first time I am including poetry (RJ Barbs) and photography (Vera Kachouh) in the tape insert – both of which seem to cosmically match the mood of the recordings.”


Home-recorded (mostly) to 4-track cassette between 2015 and 2019 by Raphi Gottesman in Oakland, CA.
Mastered by Mark Kuykendall in Tulsa, OK.

credits

released April 11, 2021

With contributions by Simon Beins (trumpet), Jon Bernson (spoken words), Yea-Ming Chen (piano, synth), Torben Fugger (mixing, synth), Lewis Gorham (field recordings), Mark Kuykendall (synth), Adrian Michna (trombone) & Michael James Tapscott (noises, thunder piano).

Design/layout by Daniel Knef (AOsmosis Records).

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