8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 May 2012
So this is the debut album (proper) from Eternal Tapestry man Dewey Mahood (where do they get those names?), following several limited CDr type releases on the likes of Blackest Rainbow. It's typical of the type of guitar exploratory stuff that seems to be ten-a-penny at the moment. Over simple drum machine backing, Dewey alternates between folky acoustic pickings and electrified noodlings. At times as on the excellent 'Fabric of Life' the mood becomes a gorgeous ethereal blissed out haze of back porch Ry Cooder style picking. 'Broken Slumber' seems to have a didgeridoo amongst the solo-ing. And therein lies my issue with these types of records is that it often comes across like a Nigel Tufnell solo guitar exploration. 'Islands' on the flip is much prettier recalling a Hawaiian Vini Reilly and throughout some excellent moods are created. I'd like a little more than guitar over drum machine, but you can't argue that the gorgeous meditations transport you to a shimmering peaceful place.
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