The latest installment in Geographic North’s Sketch For Winter series brings San Francisco-based guitarist/composer Danny Paul Grody into the label’s fold. This particular pairing of artist and imprint feels absolutely perfect. Grody’s ongoing explorations of the middle ground between American Primitive-style folk guitar and long, enveloping synth drones suits the Atlanta label’s interests like puzzle pieces. Though Sketch For Winter VI: Other States stands apart from the otherwise electronic-heavy entries in this series, this collection evokes the icy and beautiful colder months with clarity and expressionist beauty. Gliding acoustic instrumentals such as “Only” and “For Western Skies” are the gently windswept field covered in snow, while the bright closing tune “Cloudhand” uses the shine of his intertwining synthesizer and electric guitar melodies to bring about a touch of frostbite and gentle urging to seek warmer temperatures indoors.
Sketch for Winter VI is out now on Geographic North.