Amazing write up on Steve Booths Ancient Basement.
You can hear the wind in the room, a presence that is not manifested in a physical form is lingering somewhere. You don’t talk much about it; you just get comfortable and embrace it like it should be there no matter what. A feeling of strength swells inside of you as you push through any form of emotional oppression that may have fallen upon you.
Stephen Booth’s Ancient Basement is one of the most beautiful and sincere records I have heard in a long time. Now let me tell you that I truly have a love for organ music, so my review might be a little bias. I bought this tape because of the dilapidated cartoon drawings and the artwork really drew me in. I knew little to nothing about the deeply talented Booth and I got this tape on a whim while in Baltimore, Maryland. Turns out Booth is an illustrator and a talented one at that who makes tons of drawings and on top of that makes sensitive, charming, simple, great music.
Ancient Basement is haunting; your heart swells while you listen to it. It makes you feel small but part of some larger whole. It is mostly entirely electric chord organ with the occasional vocal melody slipped somewhere in there. Booth really lets you hear the room and gives the listener a sense of space. You can feel the decay and the damp concrete floors in the basement, a longing from a space that was once neglected but is now cherished. For a moment in time good about everything in life and let any stress slip away. This record is sad but not because the music is sad but because of how it opens the listener up and takes the weight of the listeners everyday life away.
Ancient Basement is a truly beautiful release, Booth is a great artist and shouldn’t be overlooked!
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