Shepherd at Lexington

by Tom Carter

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Originally released by Digitalis Industries in an edition of 100 as part of the Arroyo subscription series, 2007.

Recorded at a second story flat that I used to laugh at before I lived there. This was laid down in a marathon session on xmas or xmas eve 1991, details are hazy. The only documentation on the master tape lists Christina on vocals, but I can't find any trace of them (maybe she was supposed to add them later and never got around to it). Other notations deepen the mystery ("slo playback", says the tape, but my current 4 track seems to not screw down as far as the old Porta One).
The intention behind this recording was to have some sort of elongated "ritualistic" music to serve as soundtrack for whatever lengthy meditative task that might pop up. A 100-minute cassette, at the Tascam's slowest speed, would yield 60 minutes of music before you had to flip it over—recording one track, flipping the cassette & recording back in the other direction, and so on. The idea was for the music to be as placid as possible.

What you get here is a version edited for musicality, maximum emphasis given to ecstatic guitar whatsis. As you can expect, a ton of hiss sounds, but more because one of the tracks is a microphone hung out of the window. (Pieces of this very recording turn up on a couple of later Charalambides releases—notably Our Bed Is Green and Houston).

Original master title: "Farewell to Roach Manor". Terrible, hence the re-titling.


released April 20, 2007

Tom Carter: Guitar, field recordings

Original release 2007



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Tom Carter Houston, Texas

Tom Carter's electric guitar work weaves strands of melody, drone, fuzz, and charged silence into intricately detailed instant compositions. Best known for his work with iconoclastic acid-folk improvisers Charalambides, Tom Carter currently focuses on solo performances and recordings. His Three Lobed 2LP Long Time Underground was selected as the number-one experimental album of 2015 by Pitchfork. ... more

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