Duncan Park – Invoking The Flood

On Invoking The Flood, Duncan Park channels the tranquil life-giving properties and restorative powers of rivers and other waterways through his atmospheric guitar music.

Park, a South African musician, utilizes both acoustic fingerpicking and warmly distorted electric solos to conjure the serenity and awesome strength of flowing water. Tracks like “The Winding Stream” roll with airy guitar phrases and shimmery Mellotron-like keyboard sounds, mimicking the cheerful and perpetual movements of water pouring over a twisty creek bed.

To give the music an even stronger aquatic theme, Park’s guitar playing and singing is also accompanied by other instruments like the Kalimba, which plinks and plonks like falling rain drops, as well as field recordings of babbling brooks and crickets. You truly get the sense that you’re visiting a kind of oasis that needs to be respected and protected when you play this album.

This particular feeling is hammered home on “The Alluring Pool,” which features a surreal backdrop of backwards guitar, while a wooden flute dances across the surface, giving the song a strong mystical vibe. You feel as though the titular pool is not only a relaxing place, but a place that holds great significance, both ecologically and spiritually. It is a place that all are lucky to visit.

An utterly gorgeous and original release from start to finish, Park’s Invoking The Flood is a psychedelically pastoral folk album that you won’t soon forget. Click here to preorder your copy from Ramble Records ahead of its January 28th release.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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