“THE BORE” by Brendan Kerwin is now complete!
Another sample: White Pine
Embedded in rushing tape noise— the soft but suffocating sadness of Kerwin’s compositions slowly creep in.
When he composed and recorded these songs in Asheville, NC he captured the poetic yearning every young man pines for. Few have the depth of intuition to convert such delicate emotions into a beautiful and haunting release such as this.
At times there are echoes of Elliot Smith, Kurt Cobain, Townes Van Zandt and Nick Drake— all the martyred saints of Kerwin’s youth. He struggles with his inheritance but only threatens to fall into convention. Throughout the release the decay of the cassettes he recorded on, the soft warble of birds in the landscape and his shuffling, jumping and shimmering guitar keep these heavy songs from feeling flat.
At its best the tape is like Gerard Manely Hopkins’ or Oscar Wilde’s words resounding softly over ancient hills.