Music for "Abandon"

by James Jackson Toth

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Robert Ham As a long time Wooden Wand fan, I thrill at the notion of Mr. Toth putting unreleased recordings/demos up for sale via Bandcamp. This one is an especially poignant collection of songs he recorded for a short film, that was never finished due to the untimely death of its director. Favorite track: A/Ban/Don.
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My friend, the director Peter Gelles, asked me to compose some incidental music for his short film, Abandon. Peter was a great artist and good friend who died before this film could reach as many people as it should have (though I believe it is still available to view if you poke around a bit). This complete version of this very spooky soundtrack has remained in the archives, unheard, until now. Peter thanked me for my contribution with an autographed copy of Blood Meridian, which I still have, and cherish.


released June 6, 2013



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Says Swans frontman and head of Young God Records Michael Gira, James Jackson Toth’s “got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein the shambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies—harrowing, bleak and darkly comical—in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad.” ... more

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