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Sabah el Mitragyna Reveries

by Rag Lore

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Rag Lore
"Sabah el Mitragyna Reveries"
Space Slave Editions
Cassette, c50
Edition of 100
Released April 30th, 2013

"Analog saddles mindfully crafted with summer colts in mind" - Space Slave Editions


Rag Lore
"Sabah el Mitragyna Reveries: Volume 3"
Dying For Bad Music
CD, 45min
Edition of 60
Released June 1st, 2013

"Rag Lore from the Poor Farm presents pure american primitive space blues. It feels like he’s pulling and sliding the steel strings through your head, from one ear to the other. ~ 45 minutes (incl. bonus) of lap steel guitar meditations and concrete drones and Delta Blues. The awesome handmade package of interactive cd folders was concepted and made by Matthew Russell Boteilho and his wife." - Dying For Bad Music



Decoder Magazine:
"From my perspective, we’ve all been living in a post-Daniel Bachman world for a while; a talented guitarist and pioneer of some incredible new folk, Bachman seems exemplary of a new generation of young outsider songwriters who in the purity of their craft transmit a kind of precocious naïveté, as if the perspective they share had gone away from the world for a while and then returned naturally. That isn’t to say there’s anything precious about their recordings, just that they are so confident that appreciating their subtlety requires a radical re-interpretation of the usual influences; folk, Americana, blues, and a wild range of contemporary string ragas. Rag Lore emerges from the same generation of easy-to-listen-to radicals, skewed farther towards the mystical traditions of other lands, much on display with his most recent recordings on tape from Space Slave Editions, CD from Dying For Bad Music (who’ve also released Bachman’s work), and digitally from Poor Farm Editions. The album’s title, Sabah el Mitragyna, lends it significant color; ”sabah” is singer and “Mitragyna” is a lightly toxic type of southeast Asian plant consumed as a stimulant. Sixty minutes long and separated into side-spanning tracks, the cassette presents the a-side, “Al-Ruh”, or “spirit”, and “Lament al-Zindiq”, Zindiq having been a tragic Muslim poet of the Al-Andalus. I have it on no authority but my own that these may be reference points for the tape, but I’d like to think I haven’t strayed too far. Now that I’m finishing this post up, I’ve read on Weed Temple that Rag Lore’s “Matthew Boteilho”, a longtime lap-steel guitarist, is “about to make a big move to Cairo, Egypt from Houston, TX”; appropriate enough considering Texas’ fecund experimental psych scene could claim as much influence on these recordings as his new place of residence, if not more. Whatever the case, Sabah el Mitragyna is a gorgeous collection of improvisations and easily adds a new light to the constellation of new-folk mystics at work today."

Weed Temple:
"Almost 60 minutes of purely American primtive lapsteel guitar magic from Matthew Boteilho, who’s about to make a big move to Cairo, Egypt from Houston, TX. Lengthy, healthy improvisations where the shamanic string licks meet eternal drones and psychedelic atmospherics to fill your head with cascading aural orgasms that just keep coming and coming. Available on cassette from Space Slave and on CD from Dying For Bad Music. And also in digital form, completely free from Bandcamp. Highly recommended."

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released April 30, 2013

Matthew Russell Boteilho:
Lapstyle guitar, tape loops


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Houston, Texas
Cairo, Egypt

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