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Boomkat Product Review:
Continuing their quest to snap up as much virtuoso acoustic guitar wrangling as they possibly can, Bo Weavil have finally gotten around to issuing the debut album from Londoner Rob Mullender who we last saw contributing to the frankly awesome 'Free London' compilation. As you can probably imagine 'Human Resources' is more of the same, so to speak, taking Mullender's penchant for acoustic improvisation and framing it for the benefit of the listener. Mullender is quoted himself as saying that the acoustic guitar is not a mystical instrument, and in such we see him not trying to do mystical things with it, instead perfecting the sound itself, perfecting his chosen art. Few do it better too - this is far more experimental work than James Blackshaw or Sir Richard Bishop for example, but Mullender holds his tracks together with faint traces of folk standards and a keen ear for melody. Instead of descending hopelessly into tiring art-w*nk we're taken on a journey that is both academically invigorating and pleasurable. Across fifty minutes and using both steel and nylon-strung guitars we are treated to the guitar being taken to its logical extreme, yet in the end it is Mullender's sparseness and restraint that become his greatest asset. A gorgeous work and another winner from the fabulous Bo Weavil label!