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voice of the seven woods - THE JOURNEY
Another classy psych excursion from Rick Tomlinson, a man fast becoming the UK's answer to Ben Chasny. As with Six Organs Of Admittance, Voice Of The Seven Woods recordings demonstrate a real fluency on the guitar, but it's always within the context of the song, never spiralling off into some improvised flight of fancy. This EP for Kning Disk is another all-instrumental affair, largely focussed on Tomlinson's fingerpicked acoustic skills, but also toying with more atmospheric electric figures, coloured by a steady tremolo effect, slowly strobing through 'Solitary Breathing' and '3am, Home', which sounds somewhere between Dave Pajo and Loren Connors, carving beautiful, stately melodies using the sparest of components. Elsewhere, 'Breaking Moonlight' is a clever open-tuned piece that makes extensive use of natural harmonics, while title track 'The Journey' is probably the most stark, conventional recording, documenting an expertly played one-man guitar piece that despite being a fairly technical performance retains a sense of economy and simplicity. Highly recommended.