Traveler’s Advisory, by Matthew Young

Traveler’s Advisory (Y15)

Matthew Young


First issued in 1986. Remastered and reissued digitally by Yoga Records in 2008 and on vinyl in 2010 by Drag City/Yoga Records.

“12th-century/folk/electronic album” by Meg Baird

I was so, perhaps even embarrassingly so excited to hear that Drag City and Yoga reissued this 1986 private press recording. This lovely, strange and cerebral album from Hopewell, NJ comforts me in the same way that the memory of giant scientific calculators with leatherette zip cases and access to high-quality health insurance do. Just how are we going to calibrate for risk?

Traveler’s Advisory makes quick work of kneejerk compulsions to distinguish between technology and handcrafted music. And the thoughtful hammer dulcimer and Casio instrumentation make a wonderful early example of a new kind of home studio parlor music. It’s not social, but domestic and personal.

Over the past few years, I’ve taken the sight of this record kicking around a house as a key sign that it’s truly ok to get comfortable. I am so happy to know that there are 500? 1000? or more safe spots like this out there.


Hammered dulcimer, Casio, vocals, percussion, banjo, tape. Composed and arranged by Matthew Young, except as noted. Mixed by Andy Gomory at Gabriel Farm Studio. Reissue produced by Douglas Mcgowan.