Haywood County-based band poor horse is set to release its new album, "crookhollow and variations," on March 25.
The album will be available on all streaming platforms and will be featured on Bandcamp's New & Notable section the day of its release. One song from the album, "under the pale december sun," is already up on Bandcamp and can be listened to for free.
Recorded in first-take style over a course of two weeks, "crookhollow and variations" is an entirely improvised instrumental meditation on mystery and vastness. Recording locations included a cellar in Haywood County, North Carolina, and a condo in Harbor Island, South Carolina. Poor horse, the one-man creative outlet for Michael Schoeffel, had this to say about the forthcoming album.
"Shortly before the 'crookhollow' sessions, my then-unborn son was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Van Maldergem Syndrome," said Schoeffel. "The exasperation, confusion, anger, sadness and wonder I felt in the weeks after that diagnosis informed the shape and style of 'crookhollow.' So, too, did the soft mountains and strange light of the Smoky Mountains."
Schoeffel has been publishing music on Bandcamp under the poor horse moniker for eight years, though "crookhollow and variations" will be his first album to receive a proper release on streaming services. It's also his first instrumental album.
Schoeffel, a native Virginian who spent time in Austin, Texas, before moving to Haywood County in 2018, has released 11 records to date as poor horse, including five LPs (including one double LP), two EPs, two cover albums and one live album.