Partly because it sounds as if he recorded his vocals with a faulty mic—or through a filter of some kind—David Novick's "Undo the Knot" plays like a lost track from the height of the acid-folk era.
If it leans more towards the folk than the acid end of the spectrum, there's something pleasingly off-kilter about the cut, from the woozy brass, to the too-loud harmonica, to Novick's muffled, far-away singing. The guitar strumming, on the other hand, has a well defined crispness. If Skip Spence had slipped this song on Oar, I suspect it might've fit right in (he would've needed a time machine to make that happen, but you catch my drift).
A member of the now-defunct Residual Echoes and the still-active San Francisco Water Cooler, Novick recorded his self-titled debut in his Santa Cruz bedroom on four- and eight-track cassette machines (about SFWC, Byron Coley has written, "Pretty amazing stuff"). He originally released it on his own Sun Sneeze Records in a limited edition of 100, which he made available at shows. As the press notes put it, "The resulting songs melt and float light before the campfire, conjuring ghosts to sing along, naked before all nature and the wild."
Drag City imprint God? releases David Novick (the LP, not the man) on Oct 15.