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""Forever Brother" Review on Homemade LoFi Psych"

From Brooklyn, New York comes the very talented MEDICINE MAN, with two very interesting
records on offer. The music is difficult to describe; it ranges from dark alternative roots rock and freak-folk to more experimental pieces delving one time even into free-jazz/free-form-rock (on the opening track ("For other Brothers") of the 2nd album, before gliding into deep shining space. Most of the songs are in a more reflective, or even dark mood, and occasionally there are some space psych moments to be found. Comparisons: hmmm..., Jeff Buckley, maybe a more folk based Nick Cave or perhaps the more hypnotic pieces of Gun Club. -

"Album Review on Lost-In-Tyme"

Dylan Ewing, based in Brooklyn, NY, recorded "Forever Brother" early 2008, in Oakland, CA.
It is produced by Greg Ashley of Gris Gris (who also plays various instruments). Avant-country, psycho-americana, reminding Greg Ashley's and Dylan Ewing's previous efforts
(Medicine Fuck Dream and 4192 respectively), and rather different than them at the same time, "Forever Brother" rides quietly through the valleys of dream-time cowboy tales. A concept not far away from the pre-Western of Caroliner (although musically not related at all with them), this album is a collection of haunted sounds, sometimes in the form of instrumental soundscapes, sometimes in more conventional song forms, but always searching under the surface of things.

Strangely, in the more guitar-driven tracks, what comes in my mind is "modern-day Quicksilver Messenger Service" and, the more you listen to "Forever Brother", you're getting deeper in a warm 60s feeling that breaths in these tunes. I won't go into track-to-track review, but from the first few listens I found the opening instrumental 'For Other Brothers' and the two closing tracks 'Lion Hunt' and "Forever Brother' outstanding, though I'm sure that there are more future favorite tracks in it. Forever Brother is the second release of Medicine Man, after last year's entirely solo effort "Reverberations for Baby". -


Reverberations for Baby (2007) CD self release
Forever Brother (2009) CD, LP release on Dent Records



Medicine Man started in 2005 in Cincinnati, Ohio as the solo project of Dylan Ewing. Ewing had been an active musician in Cincinnati for many years. He was the founding member of 4192, who release a split with the enigmatic band, The Sundresses in the early 2000’s. He also collaborated with C. Spencer Yeh in Burning Star Core and with Tim Schwallie of the Wolverton Brothers.
Ewing moved to New York in 2006 and recorded the first Medicine Man album, Reverberation for Baby, entirely by himself in his Greenpoint bedroom. Less than a year later, Ewing had written his second solo album, Forever Brother. The record was produced by Greg Ashley of the Gris-Gris. Most of the playing was handled by Ewing and Ashley, with Chris Stroffolino (ex Silver Jews) playing the piano outro on the hypnotic “Hundred Year War.” The songwriting, arrangements, and vocals, however, are all Dylan, who has established a sound somewhere between Spacemen 3’s locked-groove psychedelics and the haunting electric soundtrack work of Ry Cooder. Forever Brother will see a proper release on fledgling Cincinnati-based label, Dent Records, in August 2009.
In early 2009 Ewing sought to bring the rich sound of Forever Brother to the stage and recruited members for his live band: Trevor Oswalt, a master of improvisation on keys; Evan Lytton, classically trained on the drums; and long-time friend Brian Frey on bass to round out the rhythm section. Since then, Medicine Man has been gaining a local following. They’ve played at popular venues such as Glasslands and Cake Shop and have shared the stage with Greg Ashley, Box Elders, Apollo Heights, and Soft Black, to name a few. Medicine Man is also looking forward to a Midwest tour this August with Brooklyn psych-rock up-and-comers Ancient Sky.