Orange Co. Serenade
Little Lady Blues
And Now I Am Born To Die
Orange Co. Serenade
Up And Down The C & O
We Would Be Building
On Orange Co. Serenade, Bathetic’s first release from the rising guitar savant Daniel Bachman, we’re introduced to a veritable landscape of winding guitar. Bachman treats his guitar lines and licks in a way that resembles the earth itself, at its most pristine, delicate, yet also primal and overpowering. Pieces move, ascending and descending in the same way that the clouds roll through blue skies, the same way brooks babble down rocky fronts carving their paths in the land.
There’s a solemn, rustic tone to the album, in that it feels classic. It’s cinematic in the way it works, a lost soundtrack to some forgotten Terrence Malick or Win Wenders film. But, really, it’s so much more than that. It’s a beautiful record, not haunting and not engrossing, not overtly melancholic nor pretentious. It’s a record that lasts. Bachman knows his merits behind the guitar and he never falters.
The record traverses the landscapes, falling in and out of terrains, but never losing sight of its purpose. It’s driving and immersive. Seldom does a record support such a variety of track titles that hit the nail on the head. You can read a title like “Coming Home” or “And Now I Am Born To Die” and when that guitar opens up and runs the course, you know fully you’re headed right where Bachman told you.
Solo guitarists come and go and it takes Daniel Bachman, like John Fahey or Jack Rose before him, to completely show you the power in one man and his instrument. You don’t need an ensemble of players and dense layers of dissonance to create a fully realized, and actualized, chunk of music. Bachman comes full force on this Bathetic debut with a gorgeous album.
As we sit down at his feet to hear him weave these tales, alone with his guitar, we can only be left to celebrate. A force has come, and though there’s no voice to be found on this record… what a voice we find.
Also by Daniel Bachman: Daniel Bachman + Form a Log + United Waters