Joshua Burkett / Crystalline Roses / Jon Collin
Psych folk connoisseur Joshua Burkett is one of the New Weird America scene’s early pioneers, affiliated with Sunburned Hand of the Man. His music can be as delicate as Elliott Smith’s, and sometimes you barely hear a word of it: his mumblings are reclusive and lay buried under anxious banjo picking and quiet acoustic strums. Burkett used to play in noise band Vermonster and has a prolific solo career. 'Life Less Lost', his first record from 1998 was reissued in 2014 by Golden Lab Records. Burkett's frenetic, impressively free-form and yet technical guitar playing is matched with a typically modest vocal performance. He's played alongside Michael Hurley, Michael Chapman, John Fahey, Corsano/Flaherty, Ghost, Daniel Higgs, Red Favourite, Sun City Girls, Ralph White, Son Of Earth, Bobb Trimble, Big Blood, Six Organs Of Admittance, Thurston Moore, Circle, George Stavis, Michael Yonkers and more.
"Joshua better exemplifies the original free-folk impulse than any of his more celebrated contemporaries. And while he may not be doing four page fashion spreads in 'underground' style bibles, he remains one of *the* keepers of the flame". - David Keenan, The Wire
"[Burkett] emerged in tandem with the first wave of artists flying a flag for a lo-fi and rawly immediate post-Incredible String Band aesthetic; in the process, ploughing a furrow that was being simultaneously worked at the time by folks like Six Organs Of Admittance and The Tower Recordings, both of whom the work Joshua Burkett's tunes bears traces of - Mutant Sounds Blog
" [Crystalline Roses]... is a goddamn monster of readymade acid folk transcendentalism. Since Feeding Tube released the One Man Cult LP back in 2010, Tony has done a wonderful solo guitar album for VDSQ, the insane space-sludge of World Domination (FTR 123LP), the raunch zonk of Gluebag, and various other projects far too numerous to name. Cosmic Driftwood represents some of the deepest acoustic-based psych we've had the pleasure of hearing in a long while. It makes a lot of Pasquarosa's contemporaries sound about as interesting as Smurph sing-alongs (no names), and is an instant classic. Get out your pipe and relax." -Byron Coley, 2015
Experimental musician from Manchester, Jon Collin is a bewitching and versatile guitar player: electric, acoustic, improvised, composed, screw-driver-prepared, open-tuned, with slide, with e-bow, or fingerpicking. It's all here. Jon runs the Winebox Press label, home to a reliable stable of artists, freaks and dropouts from the Sheffield/Manchester axis.