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Super tasteful psychedelic gatefold sleeve on this one, and some mystical loveliness on the wax, too! Ilyas Ahmed is back to weave more of his slow-burning spirituals with rock and drone and psych-folk elements, but always beautifully measured and hypnotic. This is music that really takes you somewhere interesting, with Ahmed's hushed voice peeking out over layers of twinkly repetitive acoustic guitar and simple, primal rhythms, occasionally joined by searing fuzz guitar to take things up a notch, or floating spectrally over a washed out 12-string stomp, while in other places drones and intermittent fingerpicking hold together fragile melodies. It's quite nostalgic-sounding stuff, with echoes of the '60s, but there's a burnt-out aura of resignation and a layer of murky haze that's very modern too. The guitar sounds here are beautifully captured and when he takes it down a notch on 'Every Minute Of Every Hour (For Jr)' the depth of tone on the beautifully picked steel string refrain is quite transcendent, as a gradually swelling drone grows over his unobtrusive vocals. Really quite magical stuff. This track's the highlight for me but the whole album is just indulgently pretty and will seduce folkies and minimal/drone-heads alike with its silky charms. And in an edition of just a thousand I can't see this hanging around for long...
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