Southern California multi-instrumentalist Brian Ellis presents a collection of dusky instrumentals produced in collaboration with South Carolina ambient musician Brian Grainger. The music has some of the lightly eerie drift of Bill Frisell at his most atmospheric, with perhaps a touch of Ry Cooder and a pinch of John Fahey-like American Primitivism on top.
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Not since the early days of Roxy Music have you had two Brian's in the same group -- and even then one was spelt with a 'y'. However these two Brians rub up together with less friction than Messrs Ferry and Eno.
They are made up of Brian Ellis (guitar pickin') and Brian Grainger (synth wash) and together they have made a delightful record of lovely guitar pluckings forced out of the usual folky post John Fahey field by the evocative sweep of sounds Grainger adds to the compositions. They go together as nicely as egg and chips and in fact this is a lovely companion record to this weeks James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg record. However, where that record is like a twinkling waterfall in sunlight, this record has darker hues. Take 'Forest' for example, where Ellis' Ry Cooder-ish slide is joined by layers of drone violin, which veers on the brink of discordance. Still, the aptly titled 'Cascade' will appeal to fans of Bibio's 'Silver Wilkinson' album; the guitars here appear to have been treated with some kind of washed out '70s polaroid filter. Quite gorgeous and when Grainger's organ starts playing along you'll want to pop a balloon.
Overall the record exemplifies the power of collaboration. Each musician works to his own template but when put together create something unique.
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