FIRST RELEASE ON THE NEW WOODSIST SISTER IMPRINT, HELLO SUNSHINE!!! Limited to 500 copies.
December 2009: Days after returning to Maine following three heavy months on the road, Blows Against the Empire in one hand, Admiral Richard Byrd’s secret diary in the other, Matthew Lajoie (Cursillistas) awoke one morning having dreamt the existence of a lost 1973 concept record about the exploration of inner Earth and the advanced civilization thriving at its center–Agartha, the domain of the Arianni. Using Byrd’s account as the thematic framework for the album, he feverishly poured forth a representation of the imagined record, writing and recording the entire LP in a single 24-hour period–guided by sonic Ouija.
The result is a cosmic antenna with dials tuned to the Planet Earth Rock ‘n’ Roll Orchestra, obscure psych-prog spacecasts, and classic rock radio, all refracted through the dusty, cracked and scratched Cursillistas prism. Performed entirely on a borrowed thrift store electric guitar and broken microphone, Herbcraft Discovers the Bitter Water of Agartha was birthed in the Now to scatter the seeds of Agartha’s message in our Aquarian Dark Age.
“… stunning navigation of druggy Matthew Valentine / Spectrasound-styled psychedelic folk, with a thick smoke of F/X masking some fantastic rural rock that at points sounds like a 90s underground take on Skip Spences Oar or a Dead bootleg on Majora. Either way this is a solid winner.”- David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue
“Meandering in the best possible way, Herbcrafts Road to Agartha sounds like it bloomed fully formed from a thick wall of weed smoke.”- Sam Hockley-Smith, Fader
“Pure psychedelic indulgence in the greatest of terms and a great extension of Lajoies work in Cursillistas.”-Raven Sings the Blues
“… blissed-out, bonged-to-the-eyeballs psych-rock of the highest calibre.”-Norman Records