Behind a Hill a documentray exploring New Wierd Americana
This documentary is a journey into our own fascination, a collection of portraits of folk musicians living in New England, and a study of the ground on which their music is founded. We listen to them as they tell their stories and play their music. First and foremost, Behind a Hill is a tribute to these musicians and a rare peep into the house parties and basement jams of New England, in the northwestern corner of the USA, with the vain hope attached that maybe you, the viewer, will grow as fond of the music as we have. When we first encountered these musicians, we were overwhelmed by the quality of their musical output. We were entranced by the melodies, harmonies, rhythms, and tempos and every other element that constitutes a song (or, as is often the case, a piece of abstract drone music, heavy feedback, or someone banging a steel pipe against a bag of dirt while chanting in a yet undiscovered language, or…). Perhaps even more than the music itself, we were drawn by an expression of endless possibilities, playfulness and innovation embedded into the music – qualities and ideas that many contemporary musicians seem to have abandoned long ago. Through its freshness and its credible lack of self-awareness, the music managed to circumvent our congenital disorder of always trying to decipher the sounds academically, and to assess it within the context of music history.
This excerpt features Big Blood a Golden Apples favourite.
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