Though new to Lily Tapes & Discs, The Spookfish is a name that should spark a warm familiarity for an inestimable number of folks who have passed through New York's Hudson Valley. For years, the human behind the project, Dan Goldberg, has organized the Mountain Shows, a series of outings where participants spend a day hiking together, stopping for musical performances at scenic points along the trail. Anyone who has had the opportunity to join one will no doubt have fond memories of friendships developed and favorite artists discovered on the mountain. Following 2017's Black Hole, released by Fire Talk Records, Pumpkin Beats 2 is similarly a testament to Dan's unique talent for tethering music to a time and place, in a way that invites participation and fosters community. The tracks on display here each have a distinct color and shape, but still echo against each other as if in conversation. They're a collection of character introductions, a slow tour through a haunted house just before the sunrise. Both approachable and unknowable, the trail changes every time you walk it.
released March 6, 2020
music by Dan Goldberg
painting by Christopher Santiago
mastered by Andrew Nerviano