"New Crusaders" Skyscraper #24

Michael Snyder wrote a nice review that appears in Skyscraper #24 (Spring 2007):

This intriguing obscurity, the Oklahoma band's second full-length, is recommended for more contemplative, drone-oriented listeners. Stretching out horizontally, this pastoral album takes its sweet time in getting where it's going; it is about the journey, not the destination. Building their songs upon ostinatos played on various acoustic stringed instruments, Anvil Salute play droning, sometimes Eastern-inflected music with a distinctly organic feel. Iterated riffs are heard on banjo, bouzouki, dulcimer, mandolin, cello, and lesser-known "ethnic" stringed instruments. The album, mostly instrumental, frequently lends the feeling of languid, peaceful movement across open spaces, perhaps inspired by the prairie landscape lying beyond the city limits of Norman. "Plushies Unite" is an especially warm, fluid, inviting track, wending its way around a pedal point. Other songs evoke a raga-like feel, drawing the listener into trance. "Krofftland," surely a tribute to Sid and Marty's surreal children's programs, features weeping, avant-garde saxophone, and was previously released on a split-cassette by Norway's Gold Soundz label. Anvil Salute's sound is quite unique, though they could possibly be called "free-folk" in their expansiveness, droniness. and organicism – Six Organs of Admittance and Charalambides are reference points. Indeed, Anvil Salute will appeal to the New Weird Americans out there looking for something tastily arcane from the heartland underground. Yet such labels cannot delimit such expansive, open-ended music as this.

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