Gimmer Nicholson was a Memphis musician who kept himself firmly out of the limelight: so much so that this 1968 album is his only recorded work, despite years of involvement in the scene. Christopher Idylls is a prescient set of guitar instrumentals lightly augmented with electronics. This Light In The Attic release is the first ever vinyl release for this gorgeous, mysterious record.
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There is a lesson in here somewhere to all self doubting musicians. Just publish and be damned. Larry 'Glimmer' Nicholson made this gorgeous shimmering album of guitar instrumentals in 1968 but lost his nerve amid record company tensions about who would actually listen to it. It was finally released in 1994 before Nicholson passed away in 2000.
What is most striking about the album (especially opener 'Millennial Harbinger') is its striking similarity to the prettier more acoustic sides of Big Star. It was engineered by Terry Manning who also worked with Chilton and co and the bright trebly guitar sounds are very similar. Elsewhere Nicholson experimented with loops on the discordant 'Charons Crossing' - possibly one of the first examples to use electronic loops on guitar based instrumentals. But it is the finger picked acoustic compositions that sun - both 'Red and White Light Ship' and 'Hermetic Waltz' could be compared to Michael Chapman and John Fahey but it is their similarity melodically and texturally to Big Star that disarms. Idylls like Big Star was based in Memphis and the timeline suggests that this could have been an enormous influence on the playing of Chris Bell and Alex Chilton.
Truly a lost classic.
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