“Recording my album, Last Danger of Frost [Kimock Music], was basically about pointing a microphone at what I do most days—bouncing around searching for sounds, exploring ideas, and trying
to get out to the edges.”
Kimock splits time between his adopted home in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his home state of Pennsylvania, where he recorded Last Danger of Frost to Pro Tools in his 100-year-old barn with “co-conspirator” Todd Schied. On the new album, Kimock mixes microtonal Eastern influences with Appalachian folk and ambient sonics—there are no cowboy chords or dreadnoughts here. Kimock’s acoustic aesthetic comes entirely from another place.
His liner notes are as esoteric as the music—extraordinarily detailed and strangely fascinating—and the copious session details reveal how he used a bevy of resonators, fretless acoustics, steel guitars, and much more to achieve his musical vision…. READ MORE
-Jimmy Leslie, Guitar Player
“The rock journeyman and jam-band specialist has crafted an aural
meditation that springs from the childlike inn
ocence of picking up a guitar for the first time. It’s a work of pure unfettered beauty and freedom. Using a mix of acoustic, ambient, and electronic sounds, Kimock creates rich soundscapes devoid of discernable form that sends the listener on an intimate metaphysical journey. Kimock’s compositions evoke moods, panoramic vistas, and the peaceful grandeur of Mother Nature. Baritone lap steels, kalim- bas, elderly six-string guitars, and Mutron IIIs mingle with plaintive ngerpicking. Swirling airy effects caress and soothe on the title track, while two guitars conjure melodic splendor ignoring the sounds of oblivious patrons in the background on “The Artist Dies And Goes To Hell.” Last Danger Frost communicates with lots to see and hear.” READ MORE
-Oscar Jordan, Vintage Guitar
Steve Kimock’s antithetical album “Last Danger of Frost,” is a marvel to behold. The Jazz innovator Duke Ellington once said “If it sounds good, it is good” and if that timeless observation holds true today, “Last Danger of Frost” is truly miraculous. The music is remarkable in every conceivable way, as I openly wept on several occasions while listening to this crowning achievement. It literally drips with brilliance, and while I don’t subscribe to divinest theories, perceptive listeners can literally peer into Kimock’s musical soul. After I grasped the music the first time I felt like I understood this artist to a greater extent. It manages to be his most personal and honest album to date, yet Kimock does not utter a word, he simply doesn’t have to.
It is this very type of album that is facing extinction in today’s ever increasingly complicated musical landscape…. READ MORE
Kevin Long, Grateful Music.com
PRESS RELEASE FOR LAST DANGER OF FROST
Even the most inspired and free-thinking artist, one whose celebrated command of his instrument and musical expression underscores a strong sense of fluidity and freedom within the traditional structure of American rock music, can wake up one day with the desire – the need, rather – to flip the table, reshuffle the deck, and draw fresh cards for himself. And so we find Steve Kimock, a master of small band improvisation and champion of the national rock and dance band circuit for four decades, breaking new ground with his latest solo effort, Last Danger of Frost. (release date: March 18, 2016)
“There are other spaces and experiences music flows into, fills, and conforms to: family, nature, travel, quiet study and contemplation, imagination, to name a few. For me, the balance of the music has shifted to ‘other,’” Kimock declares. As evidenced on Last Danger of Frost, the “other” morphs acoustic and electronic sounds, voiced by vintage guitars, synthesizers and bass. For instance, the “other” found him laying down an entire track using nothing but guitar feedback, manipulated into bird song and beats that he overdubbed into the ambient “Big Sky”.
Recorded in Kimock’s century-old Pennsylvania barn last winter before a move back to California, Last Danger of Frost offers a daring personal expression that introduces innovative techniques the guitarist discovered in a solo setting. Kimock dismantles the rock band framework and takes a full stretch to create exploratory sounds and intimate compositions that may have been waiting to be revealed – or rediscovered – the whole time…. [READ MORE]
–Jarrett Bellini, CNN.com
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