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When Nels Cline sent us this track to have our way with, it came with the accompanying note: “It's....kind of epic. Hope I didn't overdo it!... It's...PROGGY!” And he’s right. It’s epic and proggy, but he certainly didn’t overdo it.

Come with us to the forest! Careful not to set your hair on fire! Dodge the floating orbs of prog as we steam full speed ahead towards a puffy cloud of reverby chord-love.

As we said earlier, this piece screamed instrumental to us - a tip of the hat to some of our favorite chamber-rock anthems by Mahavishnu, Tortoise, Rachels, Cheer-Accident, and even the lighter side of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Nels threw everything but the kitchen sink at this. All we needed to do was add the soap of rhythmic propulsion, and BOOM! Rabbit Rondo was born!

Thanks Nels Cline, for sending a track that redefined our usual titles.
Carla - chanteuse and one woman symphony - became a cartographer, mapping our way through the dense forest of time changes and obtuse lines, creating elevations and a few grounding pathways for good measure. And Matthias did his Elv(f)in best to layer more counter rhythms than the Sherwood forest has bramble, all the while creating clarity out of confusion. Lucky me, hold on for dear life and count to eleven - a lot - and there it is.

After a year of guest guitarists, I'm humbled by everyone's creativity, talent, and generosity. Next year, the Year of the Vintage Synth???? (Just a thought.)

Yours, Jon.


from Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 3 - Year of the Wooden Horse, released July 1, 2015
Nels Cline - guitars of all sorts, lap steel
Matthias Bossi - drums, clicking and clapping
Carla Kihlstedt - violin, clapping
Jon Evans - Bass

Music by Nels Cline

Published by Alstromeria Music BMI (admin. by BMG)



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Rabbit Rabbit Radio Falmouth, Massachusetts

Rabbit Rabbit Radio is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, they are founding members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava.

Drawing on their love of both art & folk song, industrial & improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, their songs are raw, beautiful, sparse and rich.
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