Feeding Tube Records (Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Thurston Moore) front the fifth LP from slide guitarist Jon Collin. Water And Rock Music, Volume 1 is a more literal title than it may at first appear given that the record actually was recorded on the shores of a Swedish lake. These lovely, woozy takes capture the tranquility of the location expertly. Keep an eye out for the second volume which is set to drop in a few months.
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When was the last time you went and stood in a river with a measuring stick in the name of AS Level Geography? Fans of the mandated orienteering they had to do as a teenager may well get excited to hear ‘Water And Rock Music Volume I’, an extremely literal record by bluesmaker and avant-garde tinkerer Jon Collin. Having heard many a record by Collin, it comes as no surprise that he’s made this record: his penchant for taking his music outside is arguably the defining quality of his music.
Recorded by a Swedish lake, this record offers further proof of Collins’ obsession with natural artefact. To him, the guitar may well just be another object of environment, as worthwhile an instrument as a nearby collection of stones. He plays it with forceful string bends and fret-sliding intuition, creating a series of impressionist twangs that borrow from the likely fellows: John Fahey, if you follow. On “Snuskungen”, the outdoor recording works to draw us closer, the device he’s playing onto situated right up close to him with the open air ecosystem looking on. You can hear the occasional bird chirp come into view alongside Collins’ plucking, humming and harmonica wrangling.
There’s a reason Collin beguiles so many: it may seem simple, but his style of record making is unique when you hear it, a true marriage of music and field recording. With unconditional trust in a whole landscape of possibility, Collin somehow comes up with one of the most special production jobs of the year -- a record that sounds close and comfortable despite a complete lack of limit.
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