Laughing Branches is the collaboration between golden-voiced soothsinger Baby Skunk and professional dream journalist Jesse Kohn. Their lush harmonies and enigmatic lyrics are carefully crafted to persuade certain animals, plants, and objects to join their band. Human listeners may detect late-60's/early-70's folk influences—Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kevin Ayers, Linda Perhacs, Leonard Cohen...—but if their music qualifies as 'folk', it is only in the original sense of the word: "a host of warriors." Armed with songs about worshipped bushes, lovelorn lizards, existential precarity, teeth, eggs, and oneiric paramilitary operations, Laughing Branches is waging a war on no one knows what exactly. This, their eponymous debut album, is actually not an album at all, but a sleep-hypnosis recording. Do not use while operating heavy machinery that is not already set on a collision course with a government building.
Dedicated to the memory of Mara Padilla
released August 1, 2023
All songs written by: Jesse Kohn and Baby Skunk
Recorded by: Theo Krantz
Artwork by: Mara Padilla