Limited to 100 copies on black wax.
Includes DL Code, postcard with liner notes from Jen Powers and WarHen/Ten OBI Strip
02. Brightwood, Yellow Pine
03. Cranberry Lake
released July 15, 2022
"Eternity is in love with the productions of time."
- William Blake, The Proverbs of Hell
Modern Folk One:
J. Moss - Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Field Recordings, Trumpet, Casiotone 701, Bass, Tapes
Taven Wilson - Acoustic & Steel Guitar, Banjo
Neil Campbell - Drums & Percussion
Chad Beattie - Field Recordings, Saxophone, Plucked Strings
Jordan Perry - Fiddle
Max Garvey - Fender Rhodes
Additional Field Recordings:
Lara Bennet, Todd Berryman, Joel Berk
Alma Moss - Percussion
Pepper - Barks
Produced by J. Moss and Taven Wilson.
Mixed by J. Moss
Mastered by Andrew Weathers
Cover Photos by Bre Taylor
Photo Collage by J. Moss
Layout & Design by C. Foster-Baril
Dedicated to Alma, Bre & Pepper
“Modern Folk One” is quite the apt title for this beautiful, sonic tidepool offering from Josh Moss. While it’s hardly the first album he’s released under The Modern Folk moniker, these four pieces are struck through with the same spirit of freshness that makes a daily occurrence like the sunrise so endlessly enchanting.
What makes perpetual miraculousness possible is simplicity, steady, gentle assurance, and the will to allow oneself to be astonished by the loveliness of the mundane. You awaken and turn to the window, you see the horizon the same way you’ve often seen it before, you stretch the muscles that have carried you your whole life, and you decide to take a walk down the street you’ve known for years, maybe decades, because there’s always something waiting to be witnessed along the path.
A patch of your neighbor’s grass has been squashed by a sleeping animal sometime in the night; the sun is catching the dogwood blooms at the corner in sweetly flaming bubbles of light; your best friend’s old house down the block has caught a new coat of vivid, shining paint, so effortlessly, nearly terrifyingly beguiling that you’re halfway home before you realize how many moments you’ve just relived by imagining yourself back inside those walls again.
And now, reentering your body as it is today, breathing the morning air as it is today, you can jot a few more lines in the Notebook of Common Miracles you keep handy in your mind. So many days feel just the same, and yet all of them are brand new.
“Modern Folk One” is a loving letter from father to daughter. Her heart beats strongly beneath the sheafs of melody and natural sounds that he wields, the wordless manipulations of instrumentation that fall onto each other in a meandering cycle, repetitively, satisfyingly, like the pages of a well-loved book as it’s returned to its place on the favored shelf. It is well-loved because it is familiar, reassuring, and yet it reads brilliantly differently every time. “Modern Folk One” is a loving and honest letter from father to daughter about the perpetual miraculousness of life.
-Jen Powers, April 2022
A blend of field recordings, astral zones, freak outs, leisurely jams, and rustique concrète from the ever-prolific Josh Moss. Though not really the first Modern Folk outing (far from it) it’s as good a hopping on point as any. - Aquarium Drunkard
HOME MADE MUSIC / ECOLOGICAL JAZZ / ANTI-CAPITAL / NO SCENE
The Modern Folk is a borderless
musical recording and improvisational group based mostly out of the Cowlitz and Clackamas land currently known as Portland, Oregon. They make folk music, when and where they can
back catalog and live recordings at practice records