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Traditional Techniques


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Traditional Techniques is new phase folk music for new phase folks, with Stephen Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream. It’s packed with handmade arrangements, modern folklore and 10 songs written and performed in his singular voice. Centred around the songwriter’s 12-string acoustic guitar and informed by a half-century of folk-rock reference points, Traditional Techniques is the product of Malkmus and Halfling engineer/arranger-in-residence Chris Funk (The Decemberists). Additionally, Matt Sweeney (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Chavez) plays guitar throughout, creating gorgeous folk music, with the occasional bursts of flute-laced swagger and straight-up commune rock. Traditional Techniques is available in an indie store exclusive red vinyl with a two-page insert.

Released: March 2020
Cat: WIGLP471
Label: Domino



1. ACC Kirtan
2. Xian Man
3. The Greatest Own In
4. Legal History
5. Cash Up
6. Shadowbanned
7. What Kind Of Person
8. Flowin’ Robes
9. Brainwashed
10. Signal Western
11. Amberjack