DeYarmond Edison was a roots-rock band hailing from Wisconsin. When they
settled in North Carolina,
Justin Vernon decided to return to Wisconsin and launch his solo project,
The rest of DeYarmond Edison
(multi-instrumentalists, singers and songwriters
Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook and Phil Cook)
remained in North Carolina and started Megafaun that
released Bury the Square (Table of the Elements, 2008) in an
acid-folk vein, followed by Gather Form & Fly (2009), a more
energetic and vital collection (to the point of being at times cacophonous)
that contains the charming Solid Ground, The Fade and Kaufman's Ballad,
as well as the convoluted Impressions of the Past and
The mini-album Heretofore (2010) contains the
12-minute psychedelic folk-jazz instrumental jam
Comprovisation for Connor Pass (their artistic peak)
and the no less eccentric seven-minute pop-jazz elegy Eagle.
Megafaun (2011) was instead a friendly work, perhaps their friendliest
ever. The austere atmosphere
shifted the focus from the hippies of the Sixties
to the prog-rockers of the Seventies. For example,
Isadora is a pastiche of mariachi and free-jazz located
somewhere in between Frank Zappa's orchestral overtures and Lol Coxhill's "Welfare State".
However, the jam Get Right was a far cry from their creative exploits of the past.
Appalachian Excitation (Northern Spy, 2013) was a collaboration
between Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun.
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