Numero Group Reissues the Sixth Station, Premieres the "Hermetic Guitar Music of a Rural Priest"
Published May 02, 2013Crate-digging archival hub the Numero Group is set to drop a series of gospel-minded LPs next week, but the label will promote the good word even further this June via the re-release of the Sixth Station's Deep Night, described as the "hermetic guitar music of a rural priest." It arrives June 4.
While faith-based, the album comes outside of Numero's Good God! series. It was originally recorded in 1982 and showcases the songs of Father Tony Trosley. The LP was recorded in one night at a tiny chapel in Peoria, IL, where Trosley had been assigned to a parish.
Trosley named the project after a New Testament story in which Veronica "washes the tortured face of Jesus." Despite this, the album is described as opting out of overtly Christian themes to focus on a "mystical Humanism that resonates timelessly."
Deep Night was mixed live and features only a handful of overdubs. Said to be inspired by "guitar-wielding men of the cloth" from the '60s and '70s like Brother Juniper, Father Tom Belt, and the St. Louis Jesuits, it apparently riffs on laid-back, Laurel Canyon-styled folk-rock motifs.
You can sample the LP's "Before the Snowfall," driven by Trosley's Neil Young-recalling tenor and watery, phaser-pedal-blaring guitar melodies, down below.