Almanac of the Dead

by 3 Moons

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This album is dedicated to Leslie Marmon Silko, author of novel by same name.

"Alamanac of the Dead' is like a diary, chronicling the first months after violent death; full of sand and whispers and scorpions. 3 Moons is the solo project of Jefferson Zurna, who i became aware of with his work with Fake Hospital, who make the best post-Gysin Morrocan dervish worship that i have yet witnessed in person. Imagine my incredulity when encountering 3 Moons, and finding this irrational, out-of-body cosmic blues. At times it rubs elbows with psych/free-folk, there's definitely an improvisatory air at times. There's a creepy, reclusive Jandek vibe, and i am reminded of pre-war blues, field recordings from dark hollers. The acoustic guitar is the spine of this record, and Zurna's really a damn fine guitarist, and song-writer too, that is just making this otherworldly ethereal music. These acoustic barn-burners are accentuated with unexpected textures like sci fi warbles, frogs croaking, waves lapping. Zurna is the closest living inheritor of the Burroughs/Gysin cut-up hashish mysticism that i have met in person. His music, and his writing, is imbued with those stark jump-cuts and pulp mysticism, gunslingers and mummies and hashish and the afterlife. Almanac is an enjoyable listen, something for the hermeticist and the traditionalist alike. The guitars, the clarinets, the banjos, all glowingly recorded. The music is sweet, mournful, heart-felt, real, and really fucking strange.

-J Simpson


released March 3, 2011

Zoe LeSaout plays accordion. "The Western Lands" features Jason Flack on trombone and coconuts. "The Lord's Angry Rain" features Andrew Luker on Dobro, Idaho Joe Windslow on Apache violin, and Conrad Hume on piano.



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3 Moons Oakland, California

3 Moons was Founded in 2010 by Jeff Jefferson, who performed and published tapes as a solo artist while living in Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Portland, OR. In 2012, Dena Goldsmith-Stanley joined 3 Moons, and the duo toured extensively, while living in a small mobile home. The Duo routinely collaborates with fellow artists and musicians and currently resides in Oakland, CA ... more

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