DYLAN CARLSON
DYLAN CARLSON Usa

“I guess what ties this all together—all my musical projects and my life in general—is the idea of the quest, that search for new horizons and something unnamable and possibly unreachable,” Dylan Carlson says regarding the theme behind his solo album Conquistador. 
 
Carlson’s musical explorations can be traced back to his pioneering work with the minimalist ensemble Earth—from the groundbreaking drone metal of Earth 2 to the ominous instrumental twang of Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method. Untethered from the collaborative nature of the band, Carlson veered away from American music and motifs and dug into English folklore and song traditions for his solo work under the moniker of drcarlsonalbion. For his first full-length as the solo artist Dylan Carlson, the guitarist returns west.
 
In many ways, Conquistador harkens back to Hex. Whereas the Earth album set out to score the historical fiction of Cormac McCarthy’s examination of white settlers’ horrific campaign against Native Americans in Blood Meridian, Conquistador bypasses the intermediary narrative of a novelist. “This is another imaginary western,” Carlson explains, “based on the real story of a conquistador and his Moorish servant in what was then the northernmost regions of Mexico, but is now the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Texas. They were gone for twenty years and had many adventures before making it back to the Gulf of Mexico and returning to Mexico City and, eventually, Spain.” Muses aside, there is an analogous timbre, pace, and pentatonic aura between Carlson’s latest offering and Hex. But the reductionist principles that have always driven Carlson’s work play an even larger role on Conquistador, with his expansive drones and austere guitar work saturating the sonic field while freed from the lock step of a rhythm section. Carlson has long been heralded as a master of minimalism, and this full-length demonstrates his ability to craft compelling symphonic compositions while exercising extreme musical frugality.
 
Conquistador was recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou during a week long break in Carlson’s solo tour of the East Coast of the US in May 2016. The material had been gestating for several months, and Carlson viewed the session as an opportunity to create music between Earth albums as well as a chance to collaborate with esteemed solo artist Emma Ruth Rundle, who contributed baritone and slide guitar, and his wife Holly Carlson, who contributed percussion and whose picture graces the cover of the album. “I view every studio experience as unique, as everything is always different, from gear to people to time and place,” Carlson says of the recording process. “I have to say I got some of my favorite guitar ’tones’ on this album, especially on ’Reaching the Gulf.’” And indeed, anyone that’s basked in the discographies of Earth and drcarlsonalbion will undoubtedly be enamored with the lush sepia-toned vistas of Conquistador.



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02-09-2018
Hotel Cecil
Copenhagen
Denmark
 
03-09-2018
Bla
Oslo
Norway
 
05-09-2018
Slaktkyrkan
Stockholm
Sweden
 
06-09-2018
Folk
Gothenburg
Sweden
 
07-09-2018
Hafenklang
Hamburg
Germany
 
08-09-2018
Privatclub
Berlin
Germany
 
09-09-2018
Scheune
Dresden
Germany
 
10-09-2018
Altenburg 1964
Prague
Czech Republic
 
12-09-2018
Bogen-f
Zurich
Switzerland
 
13-09-2018
Le Bourg
Lausanne
Switzerland
 
14-09-2018
Instants Chavires
Montreuil
France
 
15-09-2018
Botanique
Brussels
Belgium
 
16-09-2018
Fly Over
Ghent
Belgium
Early Morning performance!
16-09-2018
Maison Folie Moulins
Lille
France
 
17-09-2018
The Exchange
Bristol
United kingdom
 
18-09-2018
St John of Bethnal green
London
United Kingdom
 
19-09-2018
Soup Kitchen
Manchester
United Kingdom
 
20-09-2018
The Cluny
Newcastle
United Kingdom
 
21-09-2018
Mill Hill Chapel
Leeds
United Kingdom
 
22-09-2018
TBA
Birmingham
United Kingdom