Numero Group: By The Numbers

Nihil Obstat
May 27, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Sixth Station 300dpi

Our friendship with Sixth Station’s Fr. Tony Trosley goes back to long before we issued our Wayfaring Strangers: Lonesome Heroes compilation in 2009. It was the first track to be included as we started to assemble the collection, and we visited him in his parish in the far western expanses of Illinois, on the banks of the Mississippi. Now, his full vision is being presented in one perfect replica: Deep Night, as it was meant to be heard. Recorded in cloister during a single overnight session in a small country chapel, the results are a transcendent, meditative full-length dirge that never breaks from its solemn mood. It’s cover, art directed by a parishioner, is so perfectly in tune with the sound of the record it couldn’t have been surpassed by a professional. There is a curious statement on the cover: Nihil Obstat. We consulted with Father Tony. As a priest, he had to receive the approval of the Bishop of Peoria, his diocesan leader, before issuing this somber document. Nihil obstat indicates that nothing stands in the way of release. The only obstacle, it turned out, was public reception. It did not play in Peoria, or anywhere. Now thirty years later, we have finally delivered on our promise to issue this much discussed and demanded piece of Midwestern psychedelia. Deep Night hits stores June 6th.

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