Stone Baby- Black Blossom Blues

Distorted maniac no- blues music for people who live under bridges! Following up on a severely limited self-released cd-R, Black Blossom Blues is the next step towards the ultimate goal of conquering Western Civilization with black-hole, black-eye jams bellowed from the dark alleys of Rochester, NY. Tapes are cruelly manipulated, drones are squashed and guitars are turned inside out. It's finally time for the Stone Baby army to take back the streets!


CD-R edition of 123.


2007.   007.



















Apples & Heroin:

House of Alchemy released a handful of decent CDRs that just failed to earn a spot on this blog. I admit I still have not listened to all of the CDRs in the massive pile the label graced me with. While the ones I listened to remain worthwhile and packaged with care in stylish cardboard cases, many presented avid sound woulds that never quite reached the peak sound promised throughout. Stone Baby excels beyond well beyond my expectations. A mysterious group from Rochester, the band develops beautifully disturbed ambient pictures. Without delving too far into a riff, the band never spoils ideas. The album begins with subdued twiddling, as a plucked guitar, a weeping woodwind instrument and some industrial crackles try to find common ground in a blackened field of misery. "Sometimes I'd Rather be in the Kitchen" drifts through wavering keyboard lines and short dissonant shocks, constructing a serene wonderland with an apocalyptic future undercurrent. The song, like most of the tunes on the album, progresses naturally and ends by fading into a black mist with a wind gust shooting it to oblivion.

Broken Face:

It pains me to only write a few lines about Stone Baby’s Black Blossom Blues (House of Alchemy) as it’s such an impressive foray into the world of black drones garnished with shiploads of tape manipulation. Stone Baby creates a twisted noise sculpture, emitting at various times hum and drone-scapes, fractured string grinding, primitive oscillations, squashing guitars and so much more. The all to brief “Closed Door” offers a surprisingly straightforward close based around a simple melody embellished with a suggestive kind of brilliance and a great sense of melancholia.