Boomkat Product Review:
English guitarist C. Joynes releases this at a time when it can't be easy for a new name to barge into the market for this sort of thing. Given that James Blackshaw and Jack Rose both seem to have been rather active of late, there's every chance that even the most ardent six (or indeed twelve) string enthusiasts are a bit fatigued by it all. I can heartily recommend you make room for one more however, because this homegrown talent has plenty to contribute to the genre. You'll be entirely unsurprised to hear that Joynes owes a great debt to the Takoma sound of John Fahey et al, picking nimbly through ragtime compositions, and while there must be hundreds of records of that ilk in circulation, this newcomer brings a way above average technique to the table, not to mention an uncommonly beautiful guitar tone. You'll even hear one or two more experimental moments dotted across the album, with experimental, sound collaged backdrops like 'And There Seemed To Be A Great Clot Of Blood (...)' breaking up the guitar solos, which themselves are kept fresh and varied by a clever use of different recording techniques and scenarios. Highly Recommended.
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