Sometimes you just gotta wait for the stuff. THAT stuff, you know, the stuff you’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t necessarily have to be groundbreaking (it isn’t) but that stuff is still there waiting for you whenever you wanna recognize it’s there. Missoula’s had that stuff for a long long time in the form of Kalen Walther’s Ancient Forest, our resident hermetic psych-folk-rock chanteuse.
The last few times we’ve been lucky enough to catch Ancient Forest it’s been a sublime affair. He’d graduated to the world of two-man band with the addition of a man named Cooper on bass. There was something unsettlingly beautiful about that lineup. I don’t think it lasted very long because here we have what I think may be the first full-band Ancient Forest recording. Sam Molstad rounds out the ‘Forest on drums and though I was skeptical at first (I really liked the percussion-less sets) this version is phenomenal.
It’s a live album. So you know that, I mean. It’s a live album recorded at the Ole Beck VFW Post, presumably made during their show with Iji a few weeks ago.
Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, and White Fence references may abound and really, they’re all true, but Ancient Forest is still a kind of mirage in a town that doesn’t have anything even approaching this level of depth within what (I guess) I’ll call the “psych idiom.” We need Ancient Forest. We need Ancient Forest to succeed. This record is really great and it’s the kind of document I’d like to see as the tea leaves predicting an absolute masterpiece of an album, hopefully to come. You can do it, guys.
Some fave tracks, dunno if Tumblr is still weird with Bandcamp links or not:
You can purchase THE ANCIENT FOREST BAND from the OLE BECK at a cost you choose from their Bandcamp site. We highly recommend it.