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- Highs In the Low Twenties by Tom Carter
8/10 Mike Staff review, 31 May 2012
Ah, highs in the low twenties. That’s what this week has been all about. Well, I’ve not checked the temperatures but that’s certainly what it’s felt like - constantly sunny, but still fresh enough for it not to be overwhelming. Who doesn’t like that weather the best? Masochists, that’s who.
Anyway, while the Dalai Lama Rama Fa Fa Fa sun themselves in my garden all week (long story but that’s really what’s happening right now) I’m stuck here at Norman Towers working my way through review mountain as usual. Thankfully this Tom Carter CD is helping iron out the creases in my aura with some blazing psychedelic solo guitar explorations.
The first of the two tracks on here was recorded in ‘08 and originally came out some time ago as Carter’s side of a split LP with the mighty Barn Owl. This time it’s available on a CD without any Barn Owl and with another Carter jam instead. It starts out properly blazing and wailing and that as he nimbly conjures up a psychedelic whirlwind, but towards the end it slowly peters off, with a drone and some fingerpicking, and then just some fingerpicking. I consider this to be “weed music”.
The second track picks up where the first left off with some mystical fingerpicking business, which is later joined by a violin to give it a heady, soundtracky, Valley of the Giants type feel to it, which is very pleasant and slowly builds to a blazing overdriven bit of fretboard mangling. With one track crescending and one diminuending it gives the CD an overall cyclical feel which is incredibly satisfying. Fans of scorched-earth solo guitar will be all over this, and there’s only 80 of them so if you want it, buy it now!
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