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From the music desk of THE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES:

        They say that there is a thin line between genius and madness, whoever they are. If there is any validity to that notion, Embalming Almanac, an enigmatic wad of musical misfits and miscreants, with their latest release, whittles that line down to a string of quivering atoms, suspended within a genre-defying void. 

         The general tone of this collection is one of music theory gone wild - harmonic anarchy infused with structural mayhem, relentlessly delivered to the unprepared ear like a package sent to a profoundly wrong address.  We suggest however that you accept that parcel nonetheless and open it immediately using concentrated caution and a steady hand due to the collection of unstable elements within. This ain't no stray Honey Baked Ham. But there is plenty of meat here for those who hunger for something other than the usual day to day dissonance we have all come to expect. No, this is lean, 100% grass-fed aural foodstuff, delicately seasoned and roasted to perfection.

         In a category all their own, (one yet to be named or even nailed down), this sacrificial offering by EA is the answer to that question you have yet to even formulate in your fevered brain. It will scratch an itch that has yet to stake a claim on your glistening hide. It will lead you home to a location to which you have never been. Be forewarned. The minute you think you have a handle on what you are hearing you are likely to wake up in a strange place with no recollection of how you got there or even who you are. You have been abducted and left to simmer in a pool of your own twisted emotional excretion.

         Those who hang in there, however - those who absorb the unholy flurry this release disgorges upon an unsuspecting populace, will see rewards that defy all logic and throw the meaning of the word pleasure into a disquieting review.  

        So hurry now to the nearest WiFi connection available and suck this frothy alchemy into your preferred device. It is the soundtrack to the unfolding hours of the twenty-first year of the twenty-first century and not a minute too soon.

~ UT staff

Embalming Almanac

Baritone Saxophone: Marmalade Dobson, Tenor Saxophone: Rasmus Birk, Trumpet: Blake Street, Voice: Boris, Piano and Synthesizers: Kurt Messenger, Bass:  Sylvester Lung, Guitar: Dixie Afro, Drums: Kidd Glumm, Percussion: Darling Boy,  More Percussion: Mick McMick, Harmonica: : Crawl Pappy, Occasional Voice: Wette Odette

The official house band of Black Cottage. This collection of musicians and misfits offer a sound intriguing in its flirtations with form and substance. Embalming Almanac bring their trumpets, saxophones, bongos, pianos, guitars, basses, buzzers, whistles, bells (and whatever else they can find that hasn't been pawned) to use in their pursuit of free-form madness.  Never mentioned in the same breath as acts they'd wish to be assosiated with, Emalming Almanac are nonetheless dedicated to creating an atmosphere for narrative vocalists, spoken word artists as well as anyone else that needs accompaniment - making their presence known with an odd sour note or two, weaving in and out, leaving the listener befuddled and at times inconsolable. The characters that make up Embalming Almanac come and go from Black Cottage as they please... occasionally gathering into a perfect storm. File under "improvisational-experimental" or simply "unhinged."

Hoodwinked Past BC-76  CDLP

Embalming Almanac  Hoodwinked LP
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All songs by Embalming Almanac, produced by Craig Bennett.
Recorded at Cherry Tree Lane, Sandy Springs, Ga. and at Black Cottage, Atlanta, Ga. except "New Year's Steve "(recorded live January 1, 1995 at the The Belvedere)
Released January 1, 2022

Savage Past BC-68  CDLP

Embalming Almanac Savage Past LP
Embalming Almanac Savage Past LP

All songs by Embalming Almanac, produced by Craig Bennett.
Recorded on New Year’s Day, 1995 at Cherry Tree Lane, Sandy Springs, Ga. except “Snowdrift,”recorded live at The Belvedere, 1994, Atlanta, Ga. and
“Be About It,” recorded at Black Cottage 1994, Atlanta, Ga.
Released January 1, 2021

Fitz BC-11    CDLP

Embalming Almanac - Fitz LP
Embalming Almanac - Fitz LP

Embalming Almanac took a break from loitering with poets and gave us "Fitz." We were fortunate enough to capture some of their brilliance here on their second album which features such crowd pleasers as Owl and Wolf, Young Cassady and Ham On Why.

Recorded at Black Cottage and live at the Belvedere.

Embalming Almanac BC-09    CDLP

Embalming Almanac - Debut LP
Embalming Almanac - debut LP

Meet the Embalming Almanac! The official house band of Black Cottage. Their debut includes a few live numbers, a few haunted tracks, as well as their popular, yet bewildering, manifesto "Political Panties."

Recorded at Black Cottage, live at the Belvedere and Peachtee Battle Recording

Idle Hours BC-52   CDLP

Embalming Almanac Idle Hours LP
Embalming Almanac Idle Hours LP

Once again coming from a variety of disciplines ... Embalming Almanac arrive undisciplined!

Their latest LP is entitled Idle Hours. As cinematic and carefree as ever.

Recorded in the spring of 2018. Released September 2018

LPs
 

Wizards BC-19   CDLP

Embalming Almanac - Wizards LP
Embalming Almanac Wizards LP

Embalming Almanac return like wizards! Expect more anthems ... and more disturbances. This is as accessible as the Almanac will get ...so grab it now!

Recorded at Black Cottage, Peachtee Battle Recording, and live at the Belvedere.

 
 
 
 

Soft Skills BC-61   CDLP

Embalming Almanac Soft Skills LP
Embalming Almanac Soft Skills LP

Once again coming from a variety of disciplines ... Embalming Almanac arrive undisciplined!

Their latest LP is entitled Soft Skills. As cinematic and carefree as ever.

Recorded throughout 2019. Released May 19, 2020

 

 Nog BC-47   CD single

Embalming Almanac Xmas
Embalming Almanac Xmas

Two holiday songs to be played year after year!

Recorded at Black Cottage December 1993