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I wasn’t familiar with this lady before now but she’s from Portland and I think this is her second record and it’s on Mississippi who aren’t idiots so I’m giving it a listen...thankfully it’s brilliant. Anderson plays nimble fingerpicked instrumentals which the press release informs me are “more based on the Apallacian folk tradition” than her previous record. What that means for people like me who don’t claim any deep understanding of folk traditions is a mixture of acoustic and electric solo pieces with a really lyrical feel with playful melodies over dense repeated melodic shapes and a steady bass pulse, and at times some more sparse jazz/blues inflected flurries.
Anderson is a virtuosic guitarist in the old school fingerpicked tradition played remarkably fluently and encompassing various elements of jazz and folk in a lyrical and very human way. It’s got a timeless taste and class to it, and it’s playful and varied enough to stand repeated listens. If you like the sound of one person playing a guitar very well, that’s precisely what you will find on this record.
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