With a slowed guitar that reminds us of a stripped-down Hammock, accompanied by ethereal July Skies-esque pads and another reverbed guitar, Jonny Nash lays down a guitar based soundscape unlike all of the above, or anybody else for that matter. Exit Strategies is dreamy as it is heavy, and rich as it is vivacious.
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 March 2015
If someone up there is trying to relax me then they are doing a quite marvellous job. After Aine O Dwyer’s drifting organ compositions, we have this lovely album of evocative guitar pieces by Jonny Nash. I know a Jon Nash but I don’t think this is him. It’s not wired enough.
I guess if you look back through musical history you could look at the early Durutti Column albums as a flag post for this kind of music but I’m also thinking about the guitar meditations of the likes of Roy Montgomery, Yellow 6 and Loren Connors. The solo guitar work of Robin Guthrie is particularly an influence on the gorgeous eastern figures on ‘Exit 4’. The album is a series of gorgeous instrumental pieces which use the simple ingredients of two guitars, one picking out simple chords and one adding melodic flourishes. At times a simple drum machine plods away and just as I was about to describe the album as 8 different variations on This Mortal Coil’s "Barramundi", an ethereal vocal appears. Good job I listened right til' the end.
Absolutely gorgeous stuff which fans of the gentler side on Vini Reilly’s guitar playing will cherish.
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