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Grouper's Label To Reissue Debut Roy Montgomery Album
Christian Eede , October 29th, 2019 18:28

Liz Harris' Yellow Electric label will oversee the re-release of the guitarist's rare debut LP

Yellow Electric, the label founded and run by Liz Harris, is reissuing the debut album by New Zealand composer and guitarist Roy Montgomery.

Scenes From The South Island was originally released in 1995 and vinyl copies of the album have gone onto become highly sought after on the resale market. It was recorded on a Tascam Porta One 4-track cassette recorder with a Teisco six-string electric guitar that Montgomery acquired from a pawn shop.

Montgomery says that the album was influenced by: "Thoughts about good places to die both here and there. The land talking to me. The dead talking to me. Spirit guides. Pathways in the brain. Luck… A few good friends. Solitude. Anonymity. Despair. Solace built from sound. Making new spaces by going back. Stepping in the same river time and time again."

Yellow Electric will reissue Scenes From The South Island digitally and on vinyl on November 29. You can hear the remastered opening track, 'Along The Main Divide', above.

Montgomery previously appeared on Yellow Electric via a 2010 collaboration with Liz Harris called Vessel and followed that up with two solo releases on the label: 2012's Music From The Film Hey Badfinger and 2014's 324 E. 13th Street #7.