Loren Connors’ spectral take on blues and folk has made for some of the most evocative guitar records of the last four decades.
Active since the late 1970s, the Connecticut native has released over 50 full-lengths, ranging from phantasmagoric songcraft to rawboned improv (and, on 1993’s peerless Hell’s Kitchen Park, a heartbreakingly beautiful synthesis of the two). Although he’s been wrestling with Parkinson’s disease since the early 1990s, he continues to record and play live. He’s also a keen collaborator, working with the likes of Cat Power, Jim O’Rourke, Bill Orcutt and Thurston Moore.
As Ad Hoc report, the latter will appear alongside Connors on a new album, titled The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through. Although the pair have worked together in a live setting numerous times, the record is their first official recorded collaboration. The A-side will document a live session recorded at The Stone, Manhattan in July 2012. The flip, meanwhile, captures another live performance from October of the same year, recorded at the Public Assembly in Brooklyn. Each piece tips over the 20 minute mark.
The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through will arrive on April 20 – yep, that’s Record Store Day – via Northern Spy. Only 3000 copies will be pressed. Live footage of the Manhattan performance is available to watch below.
A.Manhattan, NY – The Stone – July 14th, 2012 (21:15)
B. Brooklyn, NY – Public Assembly – October 17th, 2012 (22:59)