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Bare Bones and Branches

by Lewis & Clarke

  • "10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Cassette Edition"
    Cassette + Digital Album

    To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the release of our U.S. edition of Lewis & Clarke's Bare Bones and Branches, we are reissuing this special "Deluxe Cassette Edition" of the long out of print album amended with four bonus tracks from the original European Delboy Records issue. Limited edition of 100 professionally manufactured cobalt tapes.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Bare Bones and Branches via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Bloody Coat 04:30
Sirens 06:08
Six Fifteen 04:49
Somerville 04:08


"Recording Bare Bones and Branches was no romantic Thoreau affair. It was necessity. I had just returned from touring solo and I was in between residences, living in my van and sometimes crashing at my friend's cabin in Northeast Pennsylvania. I had recorded some of the more minimal songs on 4-Track and Keats Rickard offered to engineer the core of the album, we just needed the space. The cabin was perfect, there was a wood stove for heat and plenty of peace and quiet. The weekend-long session felt more like a spiritual retreat from the heaviness we all were experiencing. I had a broken foot from a skateboarding injury, and I was adjusting to life back in PA after touring and ending a long relationship. One of my bandmates was suffering the loss of his father while battling a heroin addiction. We were also joined by Brother Moses Nathan, fresh out of a Russian Orthodox monastary on the west coast. He stoked both the fire and the philosophical discussions well into the night. Our workshop became a convergence of slightly mis-directed emotional experiences where the songs became our therapy. It was as if completing the album would bring ultimate peace, or answers to cosmic riddles. It didn't. We all know that's only possible from the inside-out. However, it did bring us closer to something we were longing for. I dubbed more tracks at Dan's House over the next few months, adding keys, lapsteel, various textures. Those sessions were magic. The LP was released in Europe in 2003 on the Delboy imprint. Summersteps issued it in 2005 with alternate artwork, tracks and takes. Here it is, all these years later, as complete as I could imagine. It's a nice glance in the rear-view mirror, where some roads were smooth and scenic, others with burnt bridges and smoldering two-lane blacktop. Those roads got us here, and there's nowhere I'd rather be."

-Lou Rogai


released November 20, 2015


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Summersteps Records Dunmore, Pennsylvania

Established in 1996, Summersteps Records is a micro-indie label located in the heart of rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. Beginning as a handmade cassette label, Summersteps soon began manufacturing CDs, vinyl and now tapes again.

The label labors to expose wild, fragile, beautiful, psychedelic and obscure music(s) from both its Pennsylvania surroundings and elsewhere.
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