Directions ‎– Directions In Music

Thrill Jockey ‎– THRILL033
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Untitled
A2 Untitled
A3 Untitled
A4 Untitled
B1 Untitled
B2 Untitled
B3 Untitled
B4 Untitled

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Written, performed and recorded in the Spring of 1996, at Idful Music, Chicago.
Mastered at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, Arizona.

All music © 1996 Shimmer And Fade Music (ASCAP) ℗ 1996 Thrill Jockey Records.

Issued with 4-page cd-size insert (pictures, title, credits and acknowledgements).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, etched): THR-033-A ''YOU MUST START SOMEWHERE'' 753.1(2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, etched): THR-033-B-RE-1 "FOR PEACE, I STARTED WITH MYSELF - JIM SHOE" 788.2(2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Sides A & B, stamped): SAE MASTERING
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
THRILL33 Directions Directions In Music(CD, Album) Thrill Jockey THRILL33 US 1996 Sell This Version
THRILL033 Directions Directions In Music(LP, Album, RE) Thrill Jockey THRILL033 US 2012 Sell This Version
THRILL33 Directions Directions In Music(CD, Album) Thrill Jockey THRILL33 US 1996 Sell This Version



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July 30, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
STARTING WITH A "giddy-up" rolling rhythm and never letting up on the infectious groove for the entire trip, DIRECTIONS IN MUSIC are yet another fine side project of post-rock mastery by Bundy K. Brown (Tortoise, Gastr del Sol), Doug Scharin (Rex, June of 44, Codeine) and James Warden (40K).

Eight songs without titles; tightly woven together producing an invigorating instrumental mood enhancer - introducing new ideas with just paired down guitar, drums, bass and very subtle, spacious, electronic whirlings, in and around solid song constructs. Often at times, a poppier version of Tortoise without the neo-jazz art-rock affectations and time signatures; rooted firmly in delicate melody truly relaxing and uplifting - never entirely embracing an "ambient" realm to work in. No tape manipulations or looping going on (with the exception of Song "6" mid-way falling into a minimal acoustic resonance, then rising again), just the warmth of guitar reverb and echo at a slow enough pace finding the notes evaporating into the background secretly. Song "8" finalizes the record where Song "6"s minimalistic solo acoustic guitar showed up - in brief - ending the record, in brilliant coda.

(The dead wax etching Side A: You must start somewhere. Side B: For peace, I started with myself - "Joe Shoe.")