solace

by FiRES WERE SHOT

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Solace is a collection of complex emotions, warm guitar tones, and sculpted noise. Each genre-defying song contains image-evoking soundscapes, guitar melodies, and has the gritty quality of spontaneous performance. This is not drone, electronic, or ambient; it is very analog, very experimental, and extremely cinematic, evoking the arid geography of the band's southwest Texas home.

“The best practitioners of ambient or drone music usually come from geographically open and big-skied places: Australia’s Roy Montgomery, Iceland’s Sigur Rós, and Texas’ Stars of the Lid. Fellow Texans (and Austin home-towners) Fires Were Shot are guitarists John Wilkins and Clay Walton. Unlike SOTL’s pedal-softened electric opuses, Fires Were Shot have a more acoustic and miniaturized approach to their music, though no less thoughtful or richly atmospheric. Indeed, they manage to layer an incredible amount of harmonic energy into their (mostly) under three-minute tracks; a firmament of analog tape hiss carries aloft slightly distorted drones atop of which crisp acoustic finger picked strings are free to ring and echo. The duo is careful not to over stack the elements and create a spacious rather than claustrophobic geography of their own.” ~ Exclaim!

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released July 15, 2004

2004 Asphodel, Ltd
Written and Produced by Clay Walton and John Wilkins
Mastered by Xopher Davidson
Published by Eierie Pinebird Music, 2004 (BMI)

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FiRES WERE SHOT Austin, Texas

FiRES WERE SHOT is an ambient guitar duo from Austin, Texas.

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