LP Edition of 500 – Drowned Lands Series (DL1)
First issue in the Drowned Lands series, assembled by Jason Meagher, is the debut duo recording by Wednesday Knudsen and Willie Lane. Long Time ‘Til Tomorrow is a gorgeous instrumental collaboration by guitarist Lane and multi-instrumentalist Knudsen that will knock your Smartwool socks off.
Recorded at Meagher’s Black Dirt Studio, the album documents the first time the pair played together. They are, of course, well known to Feeding Tube fans. Willie’s first three Cord Art LPs have been reissued over the last two years (FTR 413, 437, 438) and Wednesday’s two albums with Weeping Bong Band (FTR 313, 448) have slain stoned listeners across the globe. Wednesday is also one of the founding members of the great Pigeons, and if you don’t know their music, you should correct that pronto.
Anyway, Willie plays guitars, Wednesday plays electric guitar, alto saxophone, flute and even adds a little voice at one point if I’m not mistaken. And the blend is awesome. Gently improvised melodic nuggets that make me think of everyone from John Renbourn to Spires That in the Sunset Rise. The sounds flow so wonderfully it’s hard to believe they haven’t been playing together for a while.
But hey, when a concept works. It just does. And this one works like a very strong pony! Long Time ‘Til Tomorrow was originally released by Jason, in a digital format, on his Natch imprint. Now it’s available to a wider audience. There will be more titles in the Drowned Land series coming soon. So keep your ears peeled.
-Byron Coley, 2020