The last time I posted a blog entry about Sitka artist Nicholas Galanin, it was about the hip-hop-inspired tracks he released as Indian Nick. Today he released more new material under his Silver Jackson moniker.
In the past, Silver Jackson has served as an outlet for Galanin's bluesier, folksier side, but the eclectic collection found on “It’s Glimmering Now” is nearly impossible to peg. There’s a long list of collaborators, which includes Seattle producer Psmoov, Rhymesayer’s Budo, members of Little Wings and Breathe Owl Breathe and many more. The old rustic qualities are still there, but the album takes a lot left-hand turns sonically. There are open and spacey moments, shades of hip-hop, singer/songwriting-leaning numbers and impressionistic washes of sound like the title track.
An exhibit of Galanin’s visual art opens tonight in Toronto, with Silver Jackson playing an album release show as well. He’ll be back in Alaska to play a couple Silver Jackson shows at the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau on Friday and Saturday.