Last week, veteran rock guitarist Steve Kimock released a new album, Last Danger of Frost. The 11-track LP covers 42 minutes, was co-produced by Kimock and engineer Todd Scheidand, and was recorded at Kimock’s Pennsylvania barn. You can see the barn on the album’s cover art next to a river of guitars, a fitting representation of the flowing sounds recorded by the maestro.
In an interview with Jambase, the musician shared a few words about the record and its recording process:
So the idea was stuff that I was just enjoying: guitar, and also a sound design aspect using synthesizer, certain instruments and sampling. There’s more electronic stuff in the music, and more acoustic stuff in the music. From there I recorded, and it was big enough and interesting enough where it occurred to me, why not just stick the whole concept out there as a thing?
Steve Kimock is a well known presence in the jamband scene, having collaborated with many Grateful Dead side projects including Keith and Donna Godchaux’s Heart of Gold Band, Bob Weir’s Kingfish, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh and Friends, Ratdog, and the Rhythm Devils. He’s also known for his work in the band Zero and sitting in with projects like the Everyone Orchestra. In contrast to his work as a collaborator, Last Danger of Frost finds the musician performing on his own in the studio.
The songs featured on the album are all instrumental, allowing Kimock’s musical brilliance to tap into the cerebrum of the listener and blossom. His guitar playing is gentle, and the electronic parts don’t disrupt the soothing quality of the album. The experimentation works, as the layers of guitars and sound effects gel together to make something unique and interesting.
Tracks we like are “Music Tells a Story, Pt. 2 (Twelve is Good),” “Surely This Day,” “Tongue N’ Groove,” and “My Favorite Number.”
Last Danger of Frost is currently available on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above, via Spotify.
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