Yorkshire-based man-of-all-trades (and busy collaborator) Jon Collin breaks out on his own with a scintillating two sides of solo guitar, intimately recorded in a room with just Collin and a reel-to-reel. Early Music is a very thoughtful set, put out on vinyl with the usual high standards of the Winebox Press label.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 July 2015
I’m a 'pop' man at heart so I find it hard to write about records like this. The opening track is basically Collin picking away at a guitar like you’d pick at a scab. It’s very enjoyable but I’m finding that when he gets really excited and the needles start pushing into the red, it gets a bit intense for early on a Thursday morning.
Each of the first two tracks consist of a similar style - he doesn’t so much play the guitar but claw at it. The second pair of tracks are much more lo-fi and sound like he's playing live in an art gallery whilst a dictaphone was placed in a nearby toilet. It’s a really fractured take on folk that recalls the strung out pastures of Sir Richard Bishop and his ex Sun City Girls. The record is more of an atmosphere piece rather than anything else - it’s oblique and cut up yet it's an enthralling listen. Some of the slide and pick particularly on track 6 is gorgeous. He certainly has his own style - something akin to John Fahey sliced into several pieces, turned into glass and re-assembled in the dark.
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