From These Ashes​.​.

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Released by Midnight Productions.

Review from Plaguehaus:

Novemthree is the project of Cascadian folk musician Pythagumus Marshall. While he’s been releasing music under this moniker, I only discovered him a couple of years back through a beautiful 2 x 3″ CDr split with fellow Folksters Arrowwood on his own Little Somebody Records. This was followed by another double 3″ split on LSR with the Portuguese Folk Ambient project The Joy of Nature the following year. Both of these are worth seeking out. Besides great music, LSR specializes in mostly short run, handmade releases.

For this release, we have a fantastic green 7″ on the Chinese Midnight-Productions label. Side A consists of “Ashes”. This track begins with what sounds like the sound of a camp fire as the beautiful strums of an acoustic guitar gently begin. Minimal percussion begins, maybe a handmade drum, the gently jingling of sleigh bells (yes, I said jingle bells) as begins a chanting chorus of ahs and ohs that serves more as another instrument more than vocals. Soft strains of a pennywhistle completes the mix. It’s near the four minute mark that the vocals actually begin.

I will restore, honor to our name.
I will rise above, our family shame.

It’s simple…and completely powerful. This isn’t some sit around the bonfire and sing “Kumbaya” hippie folk, there’s an underlying presence to the track that while captivating, is also a little bewitching.

Side B belongs to “Cloister Garden”. This track begins with the gurgling sounds of a brook or stream for a full minute before the guitar again enters the picture. And again Mr. Marshall’s vocals serve more as an instrument than a voice, and this man has a fantastic voice. This track is a little more subdued, a little mellower, but still near perfect.

Novemthree is the aural equivalent to a walk in the woods, an inner reflection, the smell of the forest after it rains. Yea, I know how this sounds, but it’s really about a man who is directly influenced by his surroundings and its a perfect fit. I guess it’s also a little cruel to mention there was a special limited to 100 edition that includes a CDr with the two tracks from the 7″ along with eight others, all of them just as amazing as these two. It also included an embroidered patch and two buttons. I managed to grab one of these, but if you’re unable to find that, don’t let that stop you from picking up the vinyl. It’s one of my favorite Folk releases of the year.
-Jeff Colwell

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released June 1, 2010

Pythagumus Marshall and Michael Korchonnoff

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Crafting gently dark and dreamlike tunes of psychedelic-fringed folk music with verses inspired by a longing for a connection with Nature, the sense of solitude and peace in the vastness of the cosmos, meandering reflections on life and loss.

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Track Name: Ashes
I will restore honor to our name
I will rise above our family shame