N.A. Wendte | The Bronze Hoop EP

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The Bronze Hoop EP

by N.A. Wendte

Folk-nouveau on a homemade banjo.
Genre: Folk: Field Recordings
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1. Mulberries
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2. La Fenêtre du Mont-Saint-Michel
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3. Speakin' Greek
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4. The Bronze Hoop
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5. When I At Last My Saviour Meet
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Album Notes
Inspired by old field recordings from the '20s and '30s, Nathan sought to replicate the effect of a one-mic setup for voice and instrument. The aim was to draw the listener in to the most intimate listening environment, to do the best job possible of mimicking a live performance.

Location was all important. This EP was recorded at the foot of a small dam in rural Indiana. The rushing water, impromptu birdsongs, and occasional barking dog all contribute to the intimacy of this recording.

And then there's the instrument. The strums and hums you'll hear come from a homemade, fretless banjo made from an old steel gas can and a stick of cherrywood. Strung up with Nylgut (synthetic gut) strings and played in the old clawhammer style, the effect is a cavernous yet warm tone that you're unlikely to find anywhere else.


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Marc Nerenberg

An Original Sound that Echoes the Past
While those listeners who like their music slick and packaged may shy away from the spareness and honesty of these tracks, Mr. Wendte has succeeded admirably in creating his own field recording of his original compositions on this unique instrument that hearkens to the earliest banjos, and its African antecedents. Sounding at times like an 18th century gourd banjo, at times like the rough-hewn street instruments made from old containers and scraps of wood and twine still found in West Africa today, Mr. Wendte's gas-can banjo has a resonance and richness that is brought out by his clawhammer style playing. The songs are all warm and inviting, with some clever turns of phrase. Particularly strong is the title track that is both rhythmically and harmonically interesting and strongly echoes the music made on the banjo's African ancestors. This is a fine album, and I recommend it highly.

Mandy Tyner (BHO pickinchik)

Nathan has it!!!!!!!!!
This simple yet artistic mix of clawhammer banjo music, Nathan's voice, and the subtle background noises all come together wonderfully! Nathan's original melodies are toe tapping and just make you want to smile. I am glad that there are musicians like Nathan who are keeping the old-time music alive while adding their own interpretations.

The sound of the homemade gas can banjo adds to the warmth to create a wonderful mix.