Deepest Currents

by Nathan Yoder

A delightfully curious collection of sounds recorded straight to tape way down in Durban, South Africa, and then tossed out into the world after getting a bit of treatment up here in Portland. You'll notice that the longer tracks on Traveller's Peace are guitar-based melodies, and these are chopped up by patchwork field recordings and instrumental experimentation. This zoner is unpredictable and beautiful, a little sad and a little silly.

Foxy Digitalis

by Brad Rose

This has quickly become my favorite Duncan Park album. Traveller's Peace is a sonic travelogue documenting adventures through real and imagined worlds. Rustic guitar serenades flicker for moments before synthetic rain washes us into a roiling sea. Voices come from all sides in every direction, recounting techniques and whispering secrets before winding back up the path toward home.

Sequencing on Traveller's Peace is magnificent, elevating these 14 tracks into a narrative series of recollections. Shruti box drones provide brief warmth before we're back on the road, rambling deep into the woods, singing and hollering until everyone we know are ghosts. This is an absolute delight.

Record Crates United

by Keith Hadad

The already prolific Duncan Park returned with this fascinating audio vérité sound collage-style document of what might be a day in the life of the South African musician. You drop into candid conversations, spiritual guitar meditations and scraps and drafts of various musical ideas. You get the feeling that Park wandered around with a tape recorder and started taping whenever he heard something interesting, like a little sonic journal. How much more personal can an album get?

Texx & The City

by Skye Ayla Mallac

Duncan Park's new album, In the Floodplain of Dreams, is an off-kilter journey of sonic experimentalism.

Aside from the sheer experimentalism of his chosen direction, Duncan Park's next best trait is his driving consistency when it comes to releases. Another six months, another album. This time around he's joined forces with Australian label Ramble Records for the release of his extensively unusual four-track album, In the Floodplain of Dreams. Read more here.

Fringes of Sound

by Lars Haur

This brief but captivating four-track album from Duncan Park is something rather notable to me, but that could be just because I'm both a fan of experimental music that contains folk elements as well as well-placed banjo parts. The stand-out here for me is the very first track, "In the Mountains of Sour Grass." It's a wonderful twelve-minute piece of guitar, banjo, a bit of percussion, and somehow a digeridoo as well that carries along beautifully until the midpoint. It's here that the track devolves into a bit of cacophonous noise until returning with all the splendor it began with. Read more here.