[W]ith the strength of ten men each, Soul-Junk and Woven Hand, like ancient Norse mythological deities, descended on Clarksboro, NJ to wrestle to two-inch tape songs almost too wild and beautiful to be contained. With the help, guidance, and expertise of Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh and Daniel Smith, their efforts were not in vain. At the end of two extraordinary weeks of activity and very little sleep, there exist the strong foundations of two incredibly compelling records.
I did some browsing on the Sounds Familyre website, and there was no mention of this anywhere that I can see. But if this really is happening, than it’s pretty amazing — and crazy — news.
There are fewer voices in all of Christendom as unique as Glen Galaxy and David Eugene Edwards, and the thought of them working together, along with Daniel Smith (The Danielson Famile), immediately sets the mind spinning. The way I see it, a collaboration like this can only end in one of two ways: an absolute trainwreck, or an absolute wonder.
Soul-Junk and Woven Hand exist on completely opposite ends of the spectrum, musically, aesthetically, and tonally. Galaxy and his ever-changing crew dish out goofy, psychedelic hip-hop so abstract, it could send any b-boy into epileptic conniptions. David Eugene Edwards, on the other hand, has delivered one release after another of dark, haunted folk-rock that’s rife with the sort of brooding, Biblical imagery you’d find in a Flannery O’Connor novel.
On the surface, there’s little that’s compatible between them. But dig a little deeper, and the intensely worshipful attitude that pervades both artists’ music does provide some sort of common ground. And let’s face it, the thought of Edwards’ haunting wail appearing over Soul-Junk’s skewed beats, or Galaxy twisting and mashing up Edwards’ traditional instrumentation is pretty tantalizing.
Either way — trainwreck or wonder — it’ll be something glorious to behold, I bet. If you know anything more about this, please leave a comment for the rest of us.