Brokeback – Night falls on Chillicothe (from the album Illinois River Valley Blues, Thrill Jockey)

Sumptuous mood piece from Doug McCombs and friends from only the fourth Brokeback album I was surprised to learn, although of course McCombs has been plenty busy with other projects.

If the title suggests cinema, so does the quietly intense atmosphere – a weary travelogue maybe, or a melancholic memoir.

The gorgeous slowly unwinding guitar lines smoulder, reminsicient of McCombs’ work with Tortoise, and underneath a bed of steel guitar shimmers.

Instrumental music doesn’t get much more beautiful or meaningful than this.

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