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Mirah YomTov Zeitlyn/Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Friends
Songs From The Black Mountain Music Project

Late August, early September. Summer lingers into autumn, nights stay long, cicadas chirp, stars glint in sky, two girls make music; make music as project, the conceived art-piece idea being to go somewhere where they know no one, one time, for one month. This leads to a friend's grandmother's house in Black Mountain, which is, curiously, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, this black and blue bosom of the South cradling them amongst hills and ridges and harmonies and unfamiliarity as they nestled amidst much strewn instrumentage, with four tracks of tape-recording action with which to document their time. One half of this two-headed project-like project is Mirah, whose solo records and appearances on Microphones records have her well known by those keeping a close ear to the ground trodden by that particular brand of idiosyncratic songsmith currently being brewed by K. The other half being Ginger Brooks Takahashi, whom Mirah had known all of three months before the pair came up with the idealist idea of making a record removed from everyday life — it sounding a lot like something that would test even the greatest friendship. But the days run like rabbits and who knows where the time goes and soon a month has passed and there's a whole bunch of recordings, and plenty of their surroundings' sound in the songs and intermittent incidentalist bits and pieces that Mirah and Ginger knocked out in ad-hoc fashion over the month. The resulting disc is, in compact-digital terms, a short collation: those chosen for release total 10 songs, eight interludes, and 28 minutes. The ambling, collagist record keeps memories of the two's time together like photos sewn into an art-project scrapbook, its pieces part of a whole, cogent work whilst still managing to stand out from the context the final product has placed them in. Meaning that whilst the disc feels like a diary of a time — all daily entries, moments of rambling philosophizing, and innumerable sketches in margins — there are still songs from this time that stand alone as being whole and finished and pure. And, for these moments, you forget all about the background and conception and concept-record process and just revel in the glories of hearing Ginger in songstress mode intoning "Every time you say goodbye you'll hear that trumpet's blow/ A serenade to the soul all surrounded by the glow" in the midst of her rapturous "While We Have the Sun," or Mirah quietly crooning "Invisible stars, sing me to sleep/ Telling secrets, sing me to sleep" over a nighttime bed of beatbox and crickets and delicate guitar in "You Were Crying for Love."

by Anthony Carew

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