Folk artist Sam Amidon has announced new record The Following Mountain and shared the first track, "Juma Mountain".
The full-length is Amidon's sixth, and follows 2014 release Lily-O - a collaborative effort with Bill Frisell. It was produced with Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Regina Spektor) and longtime collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, and created during two "distinct" sessions - the first "heavily improvised" session in Brooklyn featured Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock percussionist Milford Graves, Jimi Hendrix drummer Juma Sultan, and saxophonist Sam Gendel. The second session saw Amidon and Abrahams shape the LP during a summer in London.
"The Following Mountain is a walk through the thickets of the imagination," Amidon says of the LP. "A personal mythology of sounds and visions and characters. It is my first album of original music, but is still linked to the Appalachian music I love, as well as improvisation, beats, Don Cherry, Vermont, London."