Gerycz / Powers / Rolin - Lamplighter LP

Gerycz / Powers / Rolin - Lamplighter LP

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"Lamplighter is lightning in a bottle - Gerycz/Powers/Rolin is firing on all cylinders, confident in their skillset and interplay. The trio featuring Columbus-based guitarist Matthew J. Rolin, hammered dulcimer player Jen Powers, and Cleveland percussionist Jayson Gerycz, who plays drums in the indie rock band Cloud Nothings. The group weaves together roots music, free jazz, rock, and drone to create mesmerizing, largely acoustic music that captivates, dazzles, and imparts wonder.

Lamplighter opens with “Rotations,” an extended exercise in mood, meditation, and flow state. The song begins with an almost traditional guitar passage from Rolin before Powers’ trebly drone emerges. Then come the drums, which recall kosmische, free jazz, and rock idioms. Other songs, like the tight, melodic “June,” are as close to classic songwriting as the trio comes. Closer “Jars of Glass,” a transcendental, nearly fifteen-minute banger, moves from delicate to atmospheric to full meltdown."