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This dude played with Joanna Newsom when I saw her the other month (she was ridiculously good, thanks for asking) and when she introduced him she pointed out that he was responsible for the arrangements on her latest album so I feel I owe him a thank you for the prominent part he's played in my recent listening enjoyment. Fanks Ryan. On this LP he showcases a bewildering level of six-string skill which defies easy categorization.. It's predominantly folky and if I was to pull a comparison out of the air I guess Nick Drake's playing might be one, for the inventive jazzy inflections, but that doesn't get close to telling the whole story which would also have to include the influence of Baroque lute music and traditional Bulgarian folk at the very least (mentioned as they are in the press release) but most likely much more besides. Definitely one of the best, and most unique sounding, solo guitar records I've heard in a while.
10/10 Ewan Cowie Customer review,
OK. I'll keep this one pretty brief. For anyone who enjoyed Jim O'Rourke's 'The Visitor' from last year, this is a wonderful bedfellow. I also think those who enjoy the more commercial sounds of Jose Gonzalez, perhaps even the Volcan Choir album from last year would find much to staisfy them with this.Clearly there will be more interest in Mr. Francesconi given his most notable arrangement credit has shed much light on him, but this is a far more sparse sounding record due to the focus on a single instrument. In many ways this allows him to express himself playfully and inventively with songs often taking diversions that feel very rewarding and on many occassions simply made me smile in wonderment whilst staring out into a rainy Scotland. Slightly gushy i suppose, but you may feel something similar (particularly those who reside in Manchester, Scotland or somwhere equally climatically miserable!)I agree with the site review, this is very hard to categorise. The sounds shift (rather effortlessly) in guitar styles, often over the course of a few bars, but at no point does this feel forced or self-serving.Standouts for me are the sublime title track and 'Parallel Lights'.Very good indeed.
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