Ever-Roving Eye by James Elkington

James Elkington has seemingly worked with everyone from Richard Thompson to Tortoise to Steve Gunn to Nap Eyes. Ever-Roving Eye is his second album and he has recorded it with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at their Loft headquarters. Though it fits within the tradition of the 1970s British Folk Revival, it also casts a nod towards avant-garde experimentalism, psychedelia and even film soundtracks.   

Limited Vinyl LP £23.49 POB050LPC1

Limited, indies only 'Green Glass' coloured vinyl LP on Paradise of Bachelors. Edition of 750 copies in heavy-duty board jacket.

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Black vinyl LP on Paradise of Bachelors housed in a heavy-duty board jacket.

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Gatefold CD on Paradise of Bachelors.

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Ever-Roving Eye by James Elkington
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7/10 Will 26 May 2020

There's nothing like a bit of folky Americana to calibrate your life. I treat Basho, Allen, Fahey, Young, and Prine (RIP) like a nice cup of black coffee, you don't need loads but a few indulgences throughout the day will set you on the right course. James Elkington makes naturalistic music in the style of these luminaries but brings a certain ethereality to proceedings.

The songs on 'Ever-Roving Eye', Elkington's second solo studio album, remind me of Rusted Root's Thor-level banger 'Take Me On My Way' as heard on 'Ice Age', not 'Matilda' (plz Ed., don't dox me if you think otherwise (Ed. note: both films are good)). The music has this gorgeous swaying quality that conjurs images of icy, windswept landscapes (or perhaps that's just my association of 'Ice Age' coming through again). 

Elkington's voice has a quiet, baritone majesty that complements some of the dreaminess of the arrangements. Unconventional elements like flutes, strings, and clarinets bolster the rootsy guitar and upright bass parts. In fact, I was most struck by the virtuosic guitar playing on 'Ever-Roving Eye'. The lightning-fast flourishes are like the ghosts of John Fahey and Robbie Basho inhabiting Elkington and creating a semi-devotional tone for much of the record. 

For a momentary respite from reality, you could do worse than to enjoy a steaming cup of 'Ever-Roving Eye'. 



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