Uncut - p.904 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he sound that he creates is so fluid and dense that you'll swear that there are four people playing simultaneously....An utterly singular talent."
The Wire - p.47
"Fingerpicking on a 12-string guitar in a variety of tunings, Blackshaw's virtuosity evokes traditions ranging from Indian raga to UK folk."
The Wire - p.35
Included in The Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2007".
Personnel: James Blackshaw (12-string guitar, glockenspiel, cymbals); James Blackshaw; Fran Bury (violin).
Recording information: No Recording Studio (08/2006).
Guitarist James Blackshaw plays dramatic, spacious, heavily reverbed, solo acoustic guitar epics that echo (but do not directly imitate) such luminaries as John Fahey, John Abercrombie, and Bill Frisell. This 2007 release features only five songs, each of which billows slowly from a tight, melodic kernal into clouds of sonic reverie.