(Half A Cow)
Tendrils Soaking Red is the first release from Joel Silbersher (who also releases records under the name Melonman and fronts Melbourne rock outfit Hoss) & Charlie Owen (one third of Tex, Don & Charlie, amongst many other credits) as a duo under this name. It is not, however, their first collaboration. In 1995 they released an album entitled Tendrils as "Joel Silbersher & Charlie Owen". The music that Tendrils make is hard to categorise. The "psych-folk" angle that some have taken in describing Tendrils deals with only one aspect of their sound. It's not "indie pop" or "slowcore" or any such franchise, and it's not country (though it does convey the same kind of glorious heartbreak as the best country music). It's not "the blues" though it is organic, darkly beautiful, sparse and intense. Comparisons are difficult because there's not another album like this one. Based around the duo's intriguing and highly emotive guitar work, supplemented with a frugal use of drums and a brooding, at times unnerving, organ presence, Soaking Red is a collaboration of major influence. It does not follow or "give the nod" to any prevailing musical trend. It is the music that Joel and Charlie make when they are together, and it is something very special.