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- The Union / A Hem of Evening by Hallock Hill
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 23 August 2012
This is a lovely little package. It’s a gatefold 2LP with a sleek little book of pictures and poems and four sides of gently twisting guitar meditations from Tom “Hallock Hill” Lecky, which glide from awkward ambient backwards tinkerings to spiritual, spacious fingerpicking with dusky, evocative chords and fluid, delicate rhythms to layered and disorientating concordant thrum’n’chunter. As far as I can figure out, the first LP is his album ‘The Union’, on vinyl for the first time, and the second is his new record ‘A Hem of Evening’, which expands upon ‘The Union’’s musical themes.
I couldn’t tell you much about that from the perfunctory listen-through I’ve got time for in my hectic reviewing schedule but this is varied and skilled string-picking with an airy playfulness carving out wry, simple melodic shapes that spirit themselves away the moment you think you’ve got a grasp of them. Despite this fluid spontaneously composed style there’s always a focus and momentum to the gentle washes of notes.The second album has less studio trickery and more spare almost Richard Bishop-esque tinkling for a rather sensuous, therapeutic listen with clear, ringing notes bundled together with warmth and balance and precision. I think I’m preferring this disc actually, it’s washing a little bit of my never-ending anxiety away with its graceful, expressive melodies. It’s really very nice.
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