Oregon's the Plants
(basically the duo of guitarist Joshua Blanchard and multi-instrumentalist Molly Griffith-Blanchard, plus friends) debuted with
the psychedelic folk lullabies of
The Mind Is a Bird in the Hand (2005).
Psychedelic folk is an abused stereotype. It takes a bigger effort than this
to carve one's niche inside a crowded genre.
stretched out with the three lengthy "songs" of
Double Infinity (Paradigms, 2006), motably
the 20-minute Double Infinity and
the 14-minute The Sky Above You Seeks The Below, which were
melodic fantasies for neoclassical instruments (flute, cello, piano) seesawing through slow-motion sloppy drones and setting the stage for devil-angel male-female harmonies (Joshua Blanchard and Molly Griffith).
Photosynthesis (Strange Attractors, 2007), instead,
expanded the instrumentation and settled for a pastoral atmosphere.
The duo explores some interesting ideas, from
(organic, slow-motion music for flute, electronic and percussion that feels
like a soundtrack for a documentary on blooming flowers) to
the country-ish guitar shuffle Tumbleweed, from the
cello-driven droning raga Roots
to the gentle seven-minute carillion A Hidden World Exposed that slowly decomposes,
but none is fully developed (and only the last one is really original).
Not even close to the magic of Double Infinity (Paradigms, 2006).
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