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Howe Gelb - The Coincidentalist & Dust Bowl
Howe Gelb - The Coincidentalist & Dust Bowl

Howe Gelb - The Coincidentalist & Dust Bowl

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Reissue of Gelb's 2013 record and it's sketchbook companion, Dust Bowl.


The Coincidentalist’, originally released in 2013, features a raft of friends and collaborators including Bonnie Prince Billy, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Steve Shelley, and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy with John Parrish on mixing duties. Ever the focal point of Giant Sand and Gelb releases, the Arizona Desert serves as a key inspiration for the record, animating the baron landscape with stories of those that have navigated them. Praise for the release was not short, with AllMusic proclaiming that it’s “one of Gelb's most realized efforts; despite its relaxed, airy presentation, it's musically and lyrically provocative, as poetic, strange, and mysterious as the desert itself."

The accompanying collection ‘Dust Bowl’ is a personal sketchbook of songs, a more stripped back set than it’s counterpart. Featuring everything from the country blues of ‘Porch Banjo’ and ‘John Deere’, to off-kilter piano ballads like ‘The Old Overrated’ and ‘Reality Or Not’ and the deconstructed desert pop on ‘Forever And A Day’ and the fragile ‘Man On A String’. ‘Dust Bowl’ is an insider’s view of Howe’s songwriting craft, a unique insight into the man himself.

“‘Dust Bowl’ was primarily for fans that have followed me for a while. ‘The Coincidentalist’ is for the friends of the fans.” Howe told Under The Radar. While Nightlife magazine reported that; “Without warning, the Giant Sand frontman and polymorphous countryman dropped this compilation of house recordings via Bandcamp… At a time when so much harmless, soulless folk resonates, Howe Gelb is a mandatory point of reference for any fan of the genre.”

Format Info

Double Gold Vinyl.

Includes download code.


Side A

1 Vortexas (feat Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)
2 Left of Center
3 Running Behind
4 The 3 Deaths of Lucky (feat. KT Tunstall)
5 Unforgivable
6 Instigated Chimes

Side B

1 The Coincidentalist (feat. Andrew Bird)
2 Triangulate
3 Picacho Peak
4 An Extended Plane of Existence
5 Looking That Way

Side C

1 Dust Bowl
2 Porch Banjo
3 Lost Love
4 Man on a String
5 Reality or Not
6 John Deere
7 Windblown Waltz

Side D

1 Redelivery Blues
2 Forever and a Day
3 Plane of Existence
4 A Coffee Song
5 The Old Overrated
6 Mystery Spot
7 Blink of an Eye

Artist: Howe Gelb
Label: Fire Records
Catalogue: FIRELP585
Barcode: 809236158512
Format: 2LP
Release Date: 21st October 2022

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