Jon Collin brings you his latest instalment of weirdly connected sounds, drones and ambient rock in The Nature. Fittingly enough, the record is written about the way we interact with the world and how, like music, nature is beautiful. Available on vinyl LP and is a limited to 225 copies - so act sharpish if you want a copy for yourself.
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One of the blues’ lopsiders, Jon Collin puts his steel guitar in an environment far, far bigger than it and creates melodic chasms. ‘The Nature’ is suitably titled, offering improvisations with the occasional unfiltered field recording extracted from wherever the hell he was playing -- sometimes he was hauled up at home and other times he was out in the open. You’ll be able to work it out, of course: if it sounds like he used some electricity, he’s under a roof, and if it sounds like he replaced that electricity with chirping birds, he’s not.
Bending his strings and scratching at his box, he creates something almost lyrical. Almost is the watchword: as these songs stride towards making conversation they retreat, either into silence or other avenues of the blues scale being played in. The outdoor tunes are even lovelier, in this regard: the incidental noises, whether they come from animals or flurries of weather, make Collin sound like just one in a number of environmental interlopers.
Lovely little ditties, they are. They never quite reach structural integrity but the brief moments of clarity suggest full and impressive imagery -- the guitar work on "Andromeda Through Smoke", which sees him play stray notes between attacking his amp and making muted noises, sounds like handcrafted fog. Fans of Mike Cooper should take note; residents of Stockport and Stockholm, where the record was made, should consider twinning towns.
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