ROSS GENTRY - September LP

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Edition of 200 copies.

Music and alcohol are one of life’s Perfect Pairings, but seldom are artists and beverage specialists as perfectly in alignment as they are here.  Working through the audio imprint Ceremony of Seasons, Asheville, North Carolina’s Ross Gentry has teamed with Asheville’s VISUALS Wine to produce the first entry in the Ritual of Senses Wine Club.  September is specifically designed to match Sink Into Seclusion, described as “a Mendocino grown, amphora aged, skin contact Sauvignon Blanc wine,” the follow-up to last year’s Sink Into Solitude Sauvignon Blanc, just as September is the follow-up to Gentry’s Absence Recorded on Longform Editions.

An additional bonus is the seasonal aspect of the series.  The wine and music are released today at the seasonal equinox.  To listen to an album called September while drinking the wine is like seeing all of the planets align.  Sink Into Seclusion (yes, I am drinking and writing) is smooth and aromatic, offering hints of apple and peach.  The wine yields just the right amount of sweetness, pairs well with pecans, and tastes best slightly chilled.  At first the name sounds lonely, but the equinox is a time of contemplation, as when one realizes summer, at least in name, is over.  Today holds a top note of fragility, chased by an undercurrent of cyclical awareness. (A Closer Listen)