Hello and welcome back to Planted Tapes! We're really excited to announce our next release, which is a new tape from SLC-based musician Lake Mary. Lake Mary is one Chaz Prymek, something of a vagabond guitarist/dronist who's counted several different cities as home over the past 12 months. Come December, he'll find himself settling down in Denver for a bit with longtime friend and oft-collaborator Jordan Knecht, who he shares a beautiful self-released split tape with from back in 2011. This release brings two recent compositions to tape for the first time: "Canopy" with its swells and swishes of breezy harmony and brassy drones, and "Mardotsha" on the flip, a fine example of Prymek's careful and delicate guitar work, intertwining folk stylings with a pastel undercurrent of gorgeous ambience.
As with our last release, we have a preview of both sides of the tape for you to stream directly below, a couple of buy links, and a quick back/forth with Prymek to give you a little background on this amazing artist. This c40 edition features cover art by Bethany DeMarco, lovingly home-dubbed and hand-assembled with the help of our buddy Joey Wiley.
• Edition of 70
• Tapes ship 11/27/2012
• $7.00 postage paid in the US & Canada
Where is THEE Lake Mary anyway?
Lake Mary (Chaz Prymek): Thee actual Lake Mary, at least the one that I reference, is up at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, UT. It's a place I hold very dear. Since I was a kid my dad would take us hiking up there, and we'd go on backpacking trips there and to the lakes around it as well. When I got older it became a place that my close friends and I would hike to and camp, go on dates, go swimming, fishing, it's an easy enough hike that you can lug a cooler and a tent up there without too much effort. At some point I spent around two months up there, collecting myself, purifying myself, sobering up, and learning. Some of the best times in my life have been up there.
(Here is a photo of it. I don't know who took the photo, but it's a good one)
Who or what is a Mardotsha?LM: Mardotsha is also very special. She is a magic dolphin summoner. I could ramble on for paragraphs of our story, but if you are lucky enough to meet her, you'll see why.
What's your favorite time of year and why?LM: I'm going pull the "all seasons are my favorite" card, as a gardener, every season brings out such different and amazing food and plants. Winter is quiet in Utah, Fall is gorgeous everywhere, Summer is rad always, and Spring brings new life. It's great.
If you were going to play the pieces from this tape in a live setting, what specific instruments would you require?
LM: I think, and this is where half of me wants to go, I would perform these pieces, either just solo guitar, or with a small string section and maybe my laptop. I've performed both live, but neither to the extent I'd like, yet.
What was the best album of the '90s?LM: The Legendary Marvin Pontiac — Greatest Hits
Favorite plant?LM: Rosemary, Ginger, Marijuana, Amaranth, I have a collection of succulents that I care for and love madly as well.