Daniel Bachman settles into his good old chair, and lays out another record of solo acoustic guitar. It takes impressive ability to take such an object and make it sound fresh again, but Bachman has that ability, and River wends its way through a number of beautiful tunes old and new. Very nice. On Three Lobed Recordings.
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A quick scrat down the list of Daniel Bachman releases reveals that the guitarist has been quite prolific over the last few years yet this is the first time I've come across him. To cut to the chase what Bachman doing is absolutely nothing new -- this form of fingerpicked composition has been heard from John Fahey to Jack Rose to Michael Chapman and back again. What is impressive about opener 'Won't You Cross Over To That Other Shore' is the skill and ability he shows. He has a very light choppy style -- like he's hammering away at the guitar with a small chisel. The major chord changes, when they come, are nice and chewy.
'Levee' (a Jack Rose composition) and 'Farnham' are both shorter pieces, the former using slide and the latter slower and prettier. Overleaf 'Song For The Setting Sun' recalls the sun dappled playing at show on Michael Chapman's 'Trainsong' masterpieces. So much so that there's really no discernable difference at all.
Bachman is a great guitarist - seeing him perform these pieces live would be such a treat - I don't think he has quite found his own voice yet but that doesn't stop this being an impressive album of rolling fingerpicked acoustic beauty.
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