• Formats: Cassette Tape, Digital
  • Price: $5.00
  • Artist: Daniel Wyche
  • Release Date: January 21, 2014
  • Catalog ID: PAR038

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The Fire in Lacquer House / Cassette Tape, Digital / PAR038

Daniel Wyche

The Fire in the Lacquer House could be thought of as being cinematic, and it is, and in the best ways possible; atmospheres, moods, and stories reveal themselves at a calculated speed. Flurries of modulated drones from guitars float on layers of each other, stacking to create lucid chord progressions. These chord transformations seem to happen at the perfect rate, and stem from what sounds like outerspace lazers, but really guitars & amplifiers. When Daniel Wyche performs live, it tends to peak at the volume that fills the room in that perfect way, achieving thick tones. Drew Gibson does a fantastic job of capturing those overtone rich frequencies, and creating a dynamic range so wide, that Wyche can transverse freely, floating through the compositions in front of him with deep connection.

Having friends Jonathan Lang & Ted Gordon handle the composition responsibilities, Daniel then arranged the pieces for his instrument, electric guitar thru his arsenal of pedals. The A side boasts what you might call Portamento guitar, each stack of notes plummeting smoothly into the next like a synthesizer before disintegrating into pulsing oscillations. The B side starts with some lush drones & harmonic bends, that fall up and down and weave around each other, creating a sparse tension that eventually drops into a beautiful “calm before the storm” moment. Here the guitar presents itself clearly for possibly the first time, in the form of a nicely composed section of bowed harmonies. The drones return, this time sounding more like chaotic warning sirens, and we dive into a heavy section of guitar squeals, static, buzzing, and frenzy. The rain starts to slow, and we are left with a single bowed note, laying our heads to rest easy.