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Ryan Teague returns five years after his last Type Records album Coins & Crosses, this time with a beautifully packaged limited CD on Sonic Pieces. Those of you who remember that record will doubtless observe that the guitar is the focus this time round and the electronics are far more incidental. In fact, this whole record might be made with guitars since all he's listed as having done is "6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, ebow, harmonic capo, voice", but there's been a couple of sounds I can't really place so who knows if a few little electronic flourishes made it onto this? Well, presumably Ryan does. The majority of the music on this disc is built around fragile loops of fingerpicked guitar. The buzzword for this release is clearly class, from the burgundy cloth-bound sleeves to the impeccably recorded, hypnotically spacious music. It's kind of a midpoint between the loop-based genius of the likes of Dustin Wong or David Thomas Broughton and the classic open-tuned meditations of the likes of John Fahey or even that new M Mucci album, which I also like a great deal, although that one's more minimal than this. Some of the music on here really is achingly beautiful and startlingly intimate. It's so immersive and emotionally articulate that I've been captivated throughout. There's a certain amount of variety here, from the bouncy 'Loophole (Fig. 2)' to the almost ambient stillness of closer 'Potters House', but it's a really cohesive journey that you can tell is all from the same mind. This is limited to 450 so these won't be hanging around for long.
His Type debut was Six Preludes.... Just saying :)
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