Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Dressed in Borrowed Light by Clara Engel, Bandcamp, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
This is my second collection of songs written and recorded at home during the pandemic, in the winter and early spring of 2021.
Some works that affected me deeply while I was working on this album were “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart, the novels of George Eliot, “The Departure” by Lana Wilson, and the Zen poetry of Ryōkan.
A big thank you to patrons and all who made this recording possible:
Kathleen Adamson, Attila, William Bennett, David Buchta, Joel Cuthbert, Jay Dee, Konstantinos Diamantis, Chris D’Iorio, Andrew Erlich, Nicholas Field, Lys Guillorn, Hannah Heath-Engel, Jane Heath, Marc Hosemann, Brian King, Larry Lamb, Malin, Jeff McGivney, Taylor McLaren, Stephanie Merrin, Daniel Murphy, Jefferson Ogata, Karol Orzechowski, Emmett Pearce, Rob Raymond, Karl Rebsamen, Marley M. Rosen, Jarret Ruminski, Michael Lawrence Senchuk, Wayne Smart, Anne-Marie Soucy, Oliver Strahl, Astor Wolfe, Barrett Wolski
released August 20, 2021
All songs written and performed by Clara Engel
Mixed and engineered by Clara Engel
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Clara Engel: voice, cigar box guitar, electric guitar, shruti box, found percussion (wooden trunk played with soft mallets), tongue drum, chromonica, gusli
George Crotty: cello on Silver Scythe
Brad Deschamps: atmospheric guitar on In a Bed of Snow
Lys Guillorn: lap steel on Silver Scythe
Darren Hoyt: morin khuur, ambient guitar, and bass on Flame Tree Sings
Paul Kolinski: backing vocals and drums on Pomegranate Seeds
Marley M. Rosen: backing vocals on Flame Tree Sings
cover art by Clara Engel