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Here's the second of three Trestle Recs offerings I have to write about, the first of two albums by Tout. I'm not sure if that's from the French for "all" or the nasty scalper types who stand outside sold-out gigs trying to sell you tickets for inflated prices. I hope it's the former because those twats piss me off.
Anyway, what I gather from this CD is that Tout has a core trio of three guitarists, Neil Cain, Nick Downes and Jonny Fryer, who are joined by buddies on viola, piano and drums where they feel a little extra padding is required. There are eight tracks here of sleepily intertwined folky fingerpicking, loosely themed on Billy The Kid, which despite there being three guitars is still quite spacious and intimate sounding, with a communicative, intuitive and economical style.
There's a mixture of Fahey-esque acoustic tracks and swampily trudging electric ones like 'Of A Bloodthirsty Ogre' which remind me a little bit of a more tentative and atmospheric take on Earth's mystical minimal heaviness...maybe like if Earth did something with Jim Jarmusch, those kind of vibes.
It plods along at a measured pace with field recorded interludes separating the tracks. Evocative stuff.
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