November 22, 2011
Reedbeds – Swells on High
2011 has been a huge year for Carter Mullin. He’s put out a slew of fantastic and warmly-received albums under his Reedbeds monicker and a handful of great releases on his label Calypso Hum, for which he also provides artwork. Now he is ending the year on a hugely positive note with the finest album of his career so far – the brooding and texturally fascinating Swells on High, just full of wholly immersive interlocking, meditative, looping guitar melodies. It’s his first release for Hooker Vision, a label that is no stranger to sweeping drone classics, and stands tall among the label’s best releases to date. In this interview, Carter discusses the making of Swells on High, his creative process, and the future for his music and his label. Click below to read on.
Reedbeds – “untitled [excerpt]“
July 8, 2011
Reedbeds – Conifer Compass
Reedbeds is the brainchild of calypso-humming, pedal-tweaking, mind-melting guitar-based drone enthusiast Carter Mullin. And even if Reedbeds is just one of his many recording aliases, it also happens to be his most consistent and prolific identity. And Conifer Compass, the latest release under this name, fits very well into the captivating world he’s created thus far. Compass digs a little deeper than the early-morning-easiness of last year’s spectacular Canary Morning, but it’s still a suitably chilled-out and soothing listen. The steady monolithic drone of the first side is matched beautifully by the slow, pensive riffage of side B. And, all together, it might be Mullin’s most moving work to date. Hugely recommended.