Two world-beating guitar toters go head to head in the first edition of Unrock’s Saraswati Series, Road Stories (Kali). Each taking a side of wax, Sir Richard Bishop and Bill Orcutt demonstrate their knack for distinctive control of the guitar. Recorded on location to capture the improvisatory talents of each musician. Out on vinyl LP from Unrock.
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Like Les Ferdinand, Richard Bishop seems to have taken on the title of Sir without ever having been knighted. Like Les he is expert in his particular field, Sir Les as towering centre forward, Sir Richard as guitar plucker extraordinaire. Here he is on a split LP with fellow plucker Bill Orcott.
Sir Richard contributes one long 17 minute piece on electric guitar full of Eastern scales and a laconic, semi improvised atmosphere. The piece just drifts away around your ears, completely unobtrusive but providing an eerie, chilling soundtrack to your day. Laurie says it reminds him of the opening track on the latest Godspeed album. I wouldn’t be knowing about that, Sir, but it’s a nice enough ride.
Overleaf Orcutt has a more fractured style, on acoustic 4 stringed guitar with strings plucked to breaking point., fingers akimbo. I *think* he’s singing along in a weird, ghostly drawl. There are five pieces here, all variations on the same theme. As the press release suggests this presents two of today’s most extraordinary guitar maniacs on location and in their own inimitable style.
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