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January/February 2018 Relix Magazine Sampler: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real "Forget About Georgia"
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Richard Gehr | January 22, 2018
Way out there on the neo-New Age tip, you’ll find Taylor Haskins & Green Empire’s The Point, a warmly weird album of lava-lamping instrumental space-folk. The group’s sound is a retro-futurist blend of Brett Lanier’s drifting pedal-steel guitar and Haskins’s analog EVI, an electric valve instrument (built by Nyle Steiner) that’s basically a synthesizer played like a trumpet. Accompanied by guitarist Michael Chorney and the rest of Hollar General, Haskins paints sonic impressions of life in the Adirondacks. His synth hovers like a flying saucer above Lake Champlain in “Palisades,” cuts through the murk with tart astringency in “Trickle Charge” and serenades optimistic back-to-thelanders in “Theme for a Farmer.”
Artist: Taylor Haskins & Green Empire
Album: The Point
Label: Recombination