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"...this is ethnomusicology at its finest, devoid of arty, slapped-on electronica stylings to make it palatable for Western consumption." Toni Tileva , The Vinyl District
"...If Evening Dust Choir does not move you then your soul has been surgically detached from your body, or you’re a Republican...I implore all of you with open minds and open hearts to get this record and listen to it repeatedly. 10/10 " - Iann Robinson, Craveonline.com
"These reflections upon universal experiences ultimately pull the album together into a coherent whole, a sustained meditation upon the beauty and commonality of the creative spirit and its role in a world that often seems to offer little more than destruction and degradation." - Graham Scala, RVA magazine
Slow Machete is a collaboration that came to life as Pittsburgh native Joseph Shaffer was recording Haitian choirs in 2009.... The recordings were woven with downtempo and Cuban rhythms into what eventually became the debut LP Evening Dust Choir and a followup EP Mango Tree
Because of the age in which we live, it has become increasingly easier for anyone(for that matter), to create something, in this instance, music, and share it with the world. Because of the internet, we’ve seen a surge of new artists and music, but just because there’s more and we have more freedom to create does not necessarily mean that it’s something of quality – even though we also know that quality is subjective of coarse. Because we get flooded with so much underwhelming music, it’s often easy to overlook something which clearly had thought put into it, something which has the power to make you stop what you doing and actually pay attention, to actually listen.
Increasingly we discover that while a lot of new music is ‘good,’ it’s also just bland. It’s not really saying anything. It doesn’t have character. It hasn’t really lived… and we won’t be going back to it. Most new music is simply no longer a reflection of someone’s desire to create, but often something people do because it’s cool. Music making can seem like answering a huge questionnaire, with a few blank spaces to complete…but is it really art?
Still having a coarse sense of what ‘good’ music is, and knowing that our musical journey is an evolutionary one – we present to you, Slow Machete. We want to thank them for reaching out to us because we may have overlooked or never even have heard of them let alone feature them as it may not have ‘fit’ with what “WE” busy doing here… but once we hit play, it was all over for us and we realized once again that the music we love so much is less rooted in any one sound, but crosses all boundaries of genre.
Slow Machete is a collaboration that came to life as Pittsburgh native Joseph Shaffer was recording Haitian choirs in 2009. The recordings were woven with downtempo and Cuban rhythms into what eventually became the debut LP Evening Dust Choir and a followup EP Mango Tree.
There is something spiritual about Mango Tree. I’ve had this album on repeat all morning and often felt tears building up in my eyes just because of the way the music touches you. It’s a picturesque album which you can’t help but feel a little sad at times, yet magical in it’s beauty. The album is clingy, it gets in under the skin. As an African, there’s a lot about this album which I can relate to, especially the choir, it brings back memories of visiting the schools in rural South Africa and being greeted at the gate by the sounds of children singing as they begin there school day… you can’t help but feel humbled… and Mango Tree has a similar effect. It’s as if at that particular point in time, while listening to the music, nothing else matters. Not the problems you may be facing, not the latest fashion or trying to be the man. All ego is lost while listening and it’s as if the images of Haiti and the children of the country as well as the suffering get played to you on a picture roll…
“The ultimate aim of Slow Machete is to use the group’s collective gifts to respectfully capture and share the spirit of the Haitian culture while supporting education and agriculture programs in Cap Haitien.”
…it’s like watching a different scene each time there’s a song change. Each track has it’s own unique character and story to tell. It’s impossible to pin down, the flavours and colours swirl and it’s always moving. It’s a shape shifting slow-blur of beauty – smoothed out, stoned over and all awash with moodiness and loveliness… spinning and spiralling and snaking through a garden of light… it’s a day trip in Haiti inside 20 minutes of perfect sonic creation. - www.weunderground.net/