I always enjoy hearing the sounds of an orchestra tune their instruments in preparation for whatever masterpiece they intend to play. There's a cacophony of sounds that may seem insignificant to the people who are waiting to enjoy what they've paid to listen to before the classics begin. But I love that sound. Clint Heidorn's cassette The Oak Tree seemingly starts off this way. Plucks of strings & pulls of bows. But after a few minutes you realize it's intentional. It's like free jazz but with classical instruments and guitar. Is that a genre? Post-classical? Just when you get into it & think you understand and start to appreciate the delicate, deliberate instrumentations, there comes bellowing out these angelic female "Ah aaaah aaaaaaah's". Then as that settles in & you are comfortable with this newcomer, it's all over. Obviously you have to flip the tape even though you want to rewind & start Side A again.
And Side B is another surprise as it's strictly an homage to the oak tree of which the cassette is dedicated & titled after.
You really have no choice at this point other than repeating the whole cycle again, hoping to pick up tiny bits that you missed the first go 'round.
If that wasn't enough, the deluxe edition cassette comes housed in a wooden photo box equipped with dried leaves from the aforementioned tree and photos of it in case you weren't certain it actually existed. Self released by Clint Heidorn and available from his Bandcamp page.