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Boomkat Product Review:
Making his first appearance via Tompkins Square, British steel-strung guitarist Ben Reynolds curbs his more psychedelic tendencies as vented on a couple of great releases for Digitalis, Time Lag and Last Visible Dog, favouring a cleanly delivered solo instrumental album that's steeped in vintage bluegrass and Takoma-style rags. Only 'All Gone Wrong Blues' breaks the guitar-only format, calling upon a little harmonica to enhance the wailing Mississippi Delta vibes. Reynolds is a musician who's amply able to carry off such an unadorned, stripped-bare album, and his immaculately plucked passages on the improbably jaunty 'Death Sings' reveal an instrumentalist with a real feel for the musical heritage he's channelling. In the middle of the album the three-part, thirteen-minute title track takes a slightly different recording strategy, multitracking guitar and more fervently embracing the Eastern harmonic tropes of the raga. It's a fantastic contribution to the genre, and the album more broadly is an impressive work - even by Tompkins Square's reliably high standards.